Legislation, regulations and policies

Our work protecting 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.

Managing the World Heritage Area 

The 25-Year Strategic Plan for the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area outlines strategies for managing and preserving the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, and provides the basis to ensure wise use and protection of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area for the future.


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

Regulatory Plan

Commonwealth agencies with responsibility for business regulation are required to publish a Regulatory Plan each financial year.

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. With this in mind, the Authority is looking for opportunities to streamline regulatory tools and processes while ensuring high standards are maintained for protecting the  Reef. The Authority will also report against the Australian Government Regulator Performance Framework.