Australian Government agencies

Many agencies and organisations contribute to the protection and management of the Great Barrier Reef.

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is responsible for casualty response and pollution prevention and managing shipping activities throughout the Great Barrier Reef region. It coordinates emergency responses to marine emergencies and marine pollution (for example oil spills).

Bureau of Meteorology

The Bureau of Meteorology is Australia's national weather, climate and water agency. It provides through regular forecasts, warnings, monitoring and advice spanning the Australian region and Antarctic territory.

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

CSIRO is Australia's national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world.

Department of the Environment and Energy

The Department of the Environment and Energy develops and implements national policies, programs and legislation to protect and conserve Australia's natural environment and heritage.

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources develops and implement policies and programs that ensure Australia's agricultural, fisheries, food and forestry industries remain competitive, profitable and sustainable.

Department of Defence

The Department of Defence manages all defence training activities in the Great Barrier Reef region.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection enforces a range of Commonwealth laws at sea and at various international entry points, including ports. Maritime Border Command provides aerial surveillance of Australian coastal waters.