Ban on capital dredge material disposal

The Australian Government has established a new regulation that ends the disposal of dredge material in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park from capital dredging projects such as port developments.

The regulation, under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983, came into effect on 2 June 2015.

The effect of the regulation is as follows:

  • The Authority must not grant a permission for conduct that includes dumping of capital dredge material in the Marine Park.

  • The ban applies to existing permits for conduct that includes uncontained disposal of capital dredge material in the Marine Park where the permits have yet to expire.

A regulation impact statement is available for viewing.

Further information

Further information about the regulation can be found through frequently asked questions.

Public comments 

Public comments were invited on the proposal in mid-March 2015. Submissions are available below.