GREAT BARRIER REEF
// Outlook Report 2014
Appendix 1 Statutory requirements for the Outlook Report
Extract from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975
Section 54 Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report
(1) (2) (3) The Authority must prepare and give to the Minister a report in relation to the Great Barrier Reef Region every 5 years. The first report must be given to the Minister by 30 June 2009. The report must be prepared in accordance with the regulations (if any). The report must contain the following matters: (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f) (g) (h) (i) an assessment of the current health of the ecosystem within the Great Barrier Reef Region and of the ecosystem outside that region to the extent it affects that region; an assessment of the current biodiversity within that region; an assessment of the commercial and non commercial use of that region; an assessment of the risks to the ecosystem within that region; an assessment of the current resilience of the ecosystem within that region; an assessment of the existing measures to protect and manage the ecosystem within that region; an assessment of the factors influencing the current and projected future environmental, economic and social values of that region; an assessment of the long term outlook for the ecosystem within that region; any other matter prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this paragraph.
Content of report
(4) The Minister must arrange for the content of the report to be peer reviewed by at least 3 persons who, in the Minister’s opinion, possess appropriate qualifications to undertake the peer review. The peer review must occur before the report is given to the Minister. The Minister must cause a copy of each report to be tabled in each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after the day on which the Minister receives the report. In this section: biodiversity has the same meaning as in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. ecosystem has the same meaning as in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Report to be tabled in Parliament