Field Management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area is jointly managed by the Australian and Queensland Governments to ensure this natural wonder is protected for the future.
As set out in the Great Barrier Reef Intergovernmental Agreement, the responsibility rests with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and the Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) through the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS).
This Intergovernmental Agreement outlines the obligations of both Governments to protect and manage the Reef ecosystem through a joint Field Management Program.
The Field Management Program undertakes operations and routine day-to-day activities in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, the adjacent Great Barrier Reef Coast Marine Park and island national parks.
Together the GBRMPA and QPWS undertake field management through four priority programs:
- Compliance management
- Vulnerable species management and climate change
- Facilities management, natural and cultural resource protection
- Indigenous engagement.
If you're heading out on the water, don't forget your free Zoning Map so you know where you can go and what you can do.
The Great Barrier Reef is a hive of activity. If you're lucky enough to see a humpback whale from May to September, make sure you keep a safe distance.
We're delighted to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park's World Heritage listing.
Visit our Great Barrier Reef and discover its amazing plants, animals and habitats. There are a range of tourism experiences on offer.
Everyone has a role to play in protecting our Great Barrier Reef. Find out what you can do to help protect this Great Australian icon.
If you see sick, dead or stranded marine animals please call RSPCA QLD 1300 ANIMAL
(1300 264 625)
A Vulnerability Assessment: of the issues that could have far-reaching consequences for the Great Barrier Reef.