The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is inviting public feedback on its current permission system fees.
The Authority operates a joint permission system with the Queensland Government to assist with managing activities within the Great Barrier Reef marine parks such as: tourism operations; facilities including pipes, jetties and moorings; dredging and dredge spoil disposal; some research; and most types of educational programs.
The Authority is seeking stakeholder views on the permit application assessment and administration fees it charges to recover a partial amount of the total costs of operating this permission system.
These fees are detailed in the draft cost recovery implementation statement the Authority has prepared to demonstrate compliance with the Commonwealth’s cost recovery policy and charging framework.
The public consultation will inform a subsequent review of all permission system fees within the Marine Park, which is scheduled to commence next financial year.
All agencies covered by the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act), including the Marine Park Authority, are required to produce regular impact statements to improve the consistency, transparency and accountability of cost recovery arrangements, as well as promote the efficient allocation of resources.
The Authority’s statement provides information on how the agency is implementing cost recovery for permission system-related activities under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975.
“The Authority’s cost recovery measures are designed to more equitably share the costs of protecting the Marine Park environment between the community and those who derive a private benefit from obtaining permission to undertake certain activities with the Marine Park,” a spokesperson for the Authority said.
The public consultation period is open until 24 April, 2017. Submissions can be made electronically via firstname.lastname@example.org or by posting a hard copy submission to:
Environmental Assessment and Protection
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
PO Box 1379
Townsville QLD 4810