Some commercial activities and operations occurring in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the Great Barrier Reef (Coast) Marine Park require a permit. Permits are issued by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) through a joint permission system.

The permission system is the legislated methods of regulating activities that require permission or accreditation under Australian and Queensland government acts, regulations and the Zoning Plan.

The Permission System Policy outlines the approach to managing the permission system within the Marine Parks. A Service Charter for the permission system is available and information about current applications, recent decisions, and current permits. Guidelines assist applicants seeking permission to undertake activities in the Marine Parks and guide staff assessing the applications:

New online application portal

Permits Online is a new online application portal that has been launched to allow applicants to submit Marine Parks permit applications and to manage their existing permits and contact details.

We have more detailed information on how to apply.

For clarification on any matters relating to the permission system, contact:


Phone our permits hotline on (07) 4750 0860 (between 9am and 2pm, Monday, Wednesday and Friday).