The Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee (IRAC) has the following Terms of Reference:

  1. The committee, including the chair, will comprise of the majority of Traditional Owners connected to the Great Barrier Reef who are directly involved in a Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement (TUMRA), or a similar program, and other persons with the appropriate professional abilities in the area of marine park management to increase the strategic capacity of the committee.
  2. Advise the Authority on matters relating to the implementation of various programs and strategies that impact Indigenous communities in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area including, but not limited to, the Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2014, the Strategic Assessment Report (2014), the Program Report and the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan.]
  3. Advise the Authority on ways to facilitate partnerships, build capacity and engage with Traditional Owners to manage biological and cultural marine resources in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
  4. Advise the Authority on innovative and best-practice communications approaches that facilitate information exchange between Indigenous people, managers and Reef stakeholders, and build a better understanding of the rights and interests of Traditional Owners in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
  5. Advise the Authority on application of world’s best practice principles to sea country planning and implementation.
  6. Advise the Authority on appropriate mechanisms to manage traditional use of marine resources, including Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreements (TUMRAs), across the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
  7. Interact with other Reef Advisory Committees on matters of joint interest towards achieving the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's (GBRMPA) corporate objectives.
  8. As necessary, for the purposes of carrying out the function of providing advice, undertake specific tasks and projects that support the aspirations of Traditional Owners and the obligations and requirements of the GBRMPA.
  9. To make available, for broad distribution, information about and a record of the IRAC’s activities and outcomes.


1 The term ‘Indigenous’ refers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples of Australia, and is used in acknowledgement of the definition and reflective meaning of the two inclusive cultural identities.
2 In the GBRMPA’s Zoning Plan, the tern Traditional Owner refers to a person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent who (a) is recognised in the Indigenous community or by a relevant representative Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander body (i) as having spiritual or cultural affiliations with a site or area in the Marine Park, or (ii) as holding native title to that site or area; and (b) is entitled to undertake activities under Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander custom or tradition in that site or area. Further, ‘Traditional Owner group’, in relation to a site or area of the Marine Park, refers to the group of Traditional Owners who, in accordance with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander custom, speak for the site or area.