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 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 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 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

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

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 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.
  • Free Zoning Maps

    Zoning maps

    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.

  • Important milestone

    40 years anniversary

    We're delighted to celebrate the 40 years of the managing the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Visit the Reef

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    Visit our Great Barrier Reef and discover its amazing animals, plants, and habitats.

  • What you can do

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    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.

  • Report marine strandings


    If you see sick, dead or stranded marine animals please call RSPCA QLD 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625)

  • Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef

    Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef vulnerability assessment cover image

    A Vulnerability Assessment: of the issues that could have far-reaching consequences for the Great Barrier Reef.