Statement of Expectations

Outcome Statement

The long-term protection, ecologically sustainable use, understanding and enjoyment of the Great Barrier Reef for all Australians and the international community, through the care and development of the Marine Park.

GBRMPA objectives and strategies for 2010-2014

Objective 1: Address key risks affecting the outlook for the Great Barrier Reef
  • Generate, capture and apply the best available science to improve understanding of ecosystem resilience, risks to that resilience and response options
  • Develop and implement responses (including adaptation strategies) to climate change, with Government, industry, reef users and the community
  • Support initiatives to improve water quality entering the Great Barrier Reef
  • Contribute to the protection of coastal ecosystems that support the Great Barrier Reef
  • Partner with the Queensland Government, other governments, Traditional Owners and other relevant bodies to address the remaining impacts from fishing, and illegal fishing and poaching and other emerging risks using an ecosystem based management approach
  • Deliver communication and education about the key risks affecting the outlook for the Great Barrier Reef and ways to mitigate these risks
Objective 2: Ensure that management delivers ecologically sustainable use of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Provide effective legislative, policy, planning, assessment and permitting arrangements to achieve ecologically sustainable use of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Partner with Traditional Owners to ensure sustainable traditional use of marine resources and protection of Traditional Owner cultural and heritage values
  • Partner with the Queensland Government to deliver an effective field management program
  • Collaborate with industry, reef users, other governments and the community to implement best practice approaches and certification programs to ensure protection and sustainable use of the Great Barrier Reef
Objective 3: Maintain a high performing, effective and efficient organisation
  • Provide timely, accurate and effective advice to Government
  • Adhere to legislative, regulatory and reporting requirements, including heritage and World Heritage obligations
  • Ensure processes and systems are in place to generate, capture and apply the best available knowledge, information and technologies to inform and support management of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Provide for a safe, positive and supportive workplace environment
  • Ensure we have skilled, professional and knowledgeable people who work well together and are focussed on our corporate priorities
  • Ensure an accountable, responsive and adaptive organisation that maximises operational effectiveness and efficiency and plans for continuous improvement
  • Ensure the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority remains a world leader in marine protected area management

Approved on 10 June 2010
By then Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts
The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP

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