Environmental management charge

What is the environmental management charge?

The environmental management charge (EMC) is a charge associated with most commercial activities, including tourism operations, non-tourist charter operations, and facilities, operating under a permit issued by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

For most tourism operations, Marine Park visitors participating in a tourist activity are liable to pay the charge to the permittee, who then remits the charge to the Authority.

Other operations in the Marine Park, such as those involving the hire of equipment, installation and operation of tourist facilities, underwater observatories, sewage outfalls and vending operations, pay fixed quarterly charges to the Authority.

The funds received from the environmental management charge are vitally important in the day-to-day management of the Marine Park and in improving its long-term resilience. All funds received as environmental management charge payments are applied directly to management of the Marine Park.

At the same time, visitation information provided when environmental management charge is submitted greatly assists the Authority and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) in developing management arrangements for sustainable use of the Marine Park.

Does it apply to me?

The role of the permittee is to collect and remit the environmental management charge to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority by the due date in accordance with Part 13 of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 2019.

As a permittee in the Marine Park, you are responsible for:

  • collecting the correct amount of the environmental management charge
  • keeping accurate and up-to-date records of the environmental management charge
  • submitting the logbooks to the Authority by the due date, even where there is no activity
  • remitting all payments quarterly to the Authority by the due date
  • accurately advertising the environmental management charge

Regardless of private business arrangements you may make, as the permittee you have the responsibility to ensure compliance with the legislative requirements of your permit and to ensure the full and timely lodgement of all environmental management charge returns and payments.

NOTE:  You are not required to pay GST on any environmental management charge collected.

Tourist related visitors – daily charges

Until 31 March 2020, the Standard Tourist Program Charge is $6.50 (full day) and $3.25 (part day) per visitor.

On 1 April 2020, the Standard Tourist Program Charge will increase to $7.00 (full day) and $3.50 (part day) per visitor.

For further information regarding these changes to environmental management charge, please visit Environmental Management Charge Online (EMC Online).