Australian Government agencies
Many agencies and organisations contribute to the protection and management of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem.
Australian Customs Service
Australian Customs services enforces a range of Commonwealth laws at sea and at various international entry points, including ports. Coastwatch provides aerial surveillance of Australian coastal waters.
Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)
AMSA is responsible for managing shipping activities throughout the Great Barrier Reef Region. Coordinates emergency responses to marine emergencies and marine pollution (for example oil spills).
Australian Quarantine Inspection Service
Responsible for quarantine inspection services for all vessels entering Australian waters.
Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)The Bureau is Australia's national weather, climate and water agency. BOM 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 Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry develops and implement policies and programs that ensure Australia's agricultural, fisheries, food and forestry industries remain competitive, profitable and sustainable.
Department of Climate ChangeThe Department of Climate Change is responsible for leading the development and coordination of Australia’s climate change policies and programs.
Department of Defence
In the management of Defence activities in the Marine Park, section 5.2(d) of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Zoning Plan provides for use and entry.
The Department of EnvironmentThe Department of Environment develops and implements national policies, programs and legislation to protect and conserve Australia's natural environment and heritage.
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism
The Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism develops and delivers policies to increase Australia's international competitiveness in relation to resources, energy and tourism, consistent with the principles of environmental responsibility and sustainable development.
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.