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 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 the Environment

The Department of the 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.