Board Report - Meeting 251

18 September 2018 – Canberra

Overview

The Marine Park Authority Board (MPA) convened on Tuesday 18 September 2018. Members discussed the Reef Intervention Guidelines with discussions covering the risk ratings and the need to check against the best available scientific research; discussed the approach to external policy documents with discussion covering Policies, Strategies and Positions Statements; discussed and noted that the Annual Report 2017-18 would be submitted to the Federal Minister for the Environment and Energy with the final report to be tabled at Parliament during sitting week in October 2018.

Reef Intervention Guidelines

Decision MPA 251 (2018-251-05 on 18/09/2018): The Authority:

  • NOTED the Guidelines - Applications for Restorations/Adaption to Improve Resilience of Habitats in the Great Barrier Reef (Attachment A).
  • ADVISED on its risk appetite in relation to potential restoration and adaptation activities in the Marine Park.
  • CONFIRMED that in accordance with agenda item 4, the Guideline will be approved by the Chief Executive Officer before publication.

CONFIRMED there is no objection to publication of the information.

Approach to External Policy Documents

Decision MPA 251 (2018-251-04 on 18/09/2018): The Authority:

  • APPROVED the following:
    1. Policies are made in accordance with Section 7(4) of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 and outline the Authority’s intent for issues for which it has direct regulatory control including Board policy decisions, Marine Park policies, guidelines and site management arrangements. These policies inform assessment decisions in accordance with s88PC(c) of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983.
    2. Strategies outline an approach for managing one or more issues affecting the Marine Park or the World Heritage Area. One or a number of other policy documents may be developed to implement a strategy. Strategies may be made in accordance with Section 7(4) of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975.
    3. Position statements outline the Authority’s position on an issue where it has a strong interest to influence decisions of others, but the issue is either outside its direct regulatory control or is a matter not currently subject to regulation by the Authority. As such, position statements are not made in accordance with Section 7 of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act.
  • REVOKED the following Marine Park Authority Board decisions:
    1. MPA 2000-181-07 – Policy of the Authority
    2. MPA 2010-215-10 – GBRMPA policy processes and priorities
    3. MPA 2011-217-11 – GBRMPA policy process
    4. MPA 2012-223-10 – Approach to external policy documents
    5. MPA 1986 -91-15 – Permits for dugong hunting
    6. MPA 1996-161-08 – Interim policy on traditional hunting of dugong.

DELEGATED the approval of guidelines, site management arrangements and minor amendments to Position Statements, strategies and Marine Park Policies, to:

  1. the Chief Executive Officer; and
  2. the Chairperson of the Authority – if, at the time this paper is approved by the Board, the governance reform components of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Amendment (Authority Governance and Other Matters) Act 2017 have not commenced or the Chief Executive Officer position has not been filled.
  • NOTED that external policy documents, including Board policy decisions, are being rationalised using a risk-based approach.
  • CONFIRMED there is no objection to publication of the information

Annual Report 2017-18

Decision MPA 251 (2018-251-08 on 18/09/2018): The Authority:

  • NOTED the final Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Annual Report 2017–18, including the financial statements and Chairman’s Review.
  • NOTED that the report will be submitted to the federal Minister for the Environment and Energy on 19 September 2018.
  • NOTED that the final report will be tabled in Parliament the sitting week of 15-18 October 2018.

Members of the Authority