Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report

Every five years, we publish an Outlook Report that examines the Great Barrier Reef’s health, pressures, and likely future.

The report is required under Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 (section 54) and aims to provide a regular and reliable means of assessing reef health and management in an accountable and transparent way.

For the first time, the report specifically considers the Great Barrier Reef Region’s heritage values, including Indigenous heritage, historic heritage and the area’s world heritage values.

This assessment is new and responds to revised requirements of our Act and the World Heritage Committee requesting an explicit assessment of the area’s outstanding universal value.

The report acknowledges there’s been a range of positive actions since 2009, including government and landholders focusing on improving the quality of water that runs off the land.

The report finds the greatest risks to the Reef are still climate change, land-based run-off, coastal development, some remaining impacts of fishing and illegal fishing and poaching.

The extensive assessment and stakeholder engagement work undertaken for the Great Barrier Reef Region Strategic Assessment was very strongly drawn on in the process of developing this Outlook Report.

See below to view our Outlook Report and in brief as an online flipbook. 

These reports and supporting reports are also in our e-library in multiple formats.

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Scientific consensus report

An independent assessment about the condition, trends and risks in the Great Barrier Reef Region.

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Download 2009 Outlook Report

The first Outlook Report published in 2009.

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Outlook Online 2009

Scientific evidence used to develop the Outlook Report 2009.

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