Awards and recognitions

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority was recognised with the following regional, national and international awards.


  • 2017 December, Risk Excellence Awards for Building a Positive Risk Culture from the Department of Environment and Energy


  • 2015 November Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Sector Management; awarded to the Australian Government’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Queensland Government’s Parks and Wildlife Service for the Reef Joint Field Management Program for the Great Barrier Reef, and the ongoing collaboration between the government agencies





  • 2006 August Australian Government Minister's Achievement Award


  • 2005 October World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Gift to the Earth
  • 2005 July Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation for UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme, jointly to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and Dr Ernesto C. Enkerlin-Hoeflich (Mexico)
  • 2005 April  Planning Institute of Australia, National Awards
    • National Award for Community Based Planning,
    • Planning Minister’s Award, Overall National Award for Excellence in Plannin


  • 2004 December US Coral Reef Task Force Award for Outstanding Management (International)
  • 2004 November Planning Institute of Australia, Queensland Division
    • Award for Environmental Planning/Conservation
    • Award for Community Based Planning
    • Overall Winner for Excellence in Planning
  • 2004 August Eureka Prize for Biodiversity Research
  • 2004 August ESRI International User Conference Award (Special Achievements in Geographical Informational Systems)
  • 2004 June Banksia Environmental Award (for Government Leading by Example for a Sustainable Future)