Our policies give effect to the agency's responsibilities, functions and powers outlined in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975. A policy will only be developed where there is an identified need that has been approved by the Marine Park Authority (Board), or if urgent - the Chairman.


Protected species


Position statements

Position statements express the Authority’s position on an issue where it has a strong interest, but it outside its direct regulatory control. These statements are based on the best-available science and information.


Site management arrangements

Site management arrangements are localised plans for use of a particular site.


Guidelines generally support the agency's policies or position statements and outline the agency process on certain issues. Guidelines may also be the required terminology under certain circumstances. Any guidelines developed by the agency will clearly state whether they are 'for guidance' or 'strict rules to be adhered to'.