Register of management arrangements

Protection and management of the Great Barrier Reef is a partnership between many government agencies, stakeholders and community members, with activities both on the water and in the catchment. Whilst the arrangements may seem complex, they have been designed to ensure the long-term protection of the Reef’s values in the face of various pressures, whilst allowing for direct use activities.

The below table lists existing management tools used to manage the Great Barrier Reef. None of these management tools are intended to extinguish any native title rights and interests, nor affect the operation of section 211 of the Native Title Act 1993.

NOTE: The below image needs to be updated to reflect Queensland's recent planning legislation changes - ​1 July the Queensland Sustainable Planning Act 2009 became no more as it was replaced by the Planning Act 2016.

This image depicts the Commonwealth and Queensland jurisdictional boundaries that exist within the Great Barrier Reef Region.

Jurisdictional boundaries: The Great Barrier Reef encompasses both Commonwealth and Queensland jurisdictions.