Permit for Queensland Shark Control Program

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The Queensland Shark Control Program operates across 86 beaches in Queensland.

The Queensland Government runs a shark control program along the Queensland coast, including within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

The Marine Park Authority’s role is to assess the application for a permit to operate the program within the Marine Park, using our usual process for assessing activities.

On 27 September 2019, the Marine Park Authority reissued a permit for the Queensland Shark Control.

This reissued permit contains the new conditions imposed by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal decision of 2 April 2019, following a challenge by the Humane Society International.

On 20 December 2019, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority granted a further variation to the Queensland Government’s permit for the operation of the Shark Control Program within the Marine Park.

The varied permit provides the additional clarity to respond to the Queensland Government’s request to confirm that workplace health and safety obligations under the laws of Queensland are not negated by the permit conditions imposed by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal variation.

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