Legislation, regulations and policies

Our work to protect the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is guided by a range of plans, regulations and legislation.

Legislation and regulations

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 is the primary Act relating to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Other Commonwealth and Queensland Government legislation also applies.


We work in the policy framework of the Australian Government, and our Board approves all our policies and position statements.

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act) provides the community with the right to access documents held by us.

Deregulation agenda

Under the Australian Government’s deregulation agenda the government committed to streamlining legislation and regulation across all government departments and agencies. We are looking for opportunities to streamline regulatory tools and processes while ensuring high standards are maintained for protecting the Reef. We will also report against the Australian Government Regulator Performance Framework.

  • Free zoning app

    Zoning maps

    If you're heading out on the water, download and use the free zoning app so you know where you can go and what you can do.

  • Important milestone

    40 years anniversary

    We're delighted to celebrate the 40 years of the managing the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Visit the Reef

    fish on reef

    Visit our Great Barrier Reef and discover its amazing animals, plants, and habitats.

  • What you can do

    purple coral

    Everyone has a role to play in protecting our Great Barrier Reef. Find out what you can do to help protect this great Australian icon.

  • Report marine strandings


    If you see sick, dead or stranded marine animals please call RSPCA QLD 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625)

  • Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef

    Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef vulnerability assessment cover image

    A Vulnerability Assessment: of the issues that could have far-reaching consequences for the Great Barrier Reef.