Department of Environment and Energy

State Party Report on the state of the Reef

State Party Report of the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area is beautiful, vast and diverse. It is the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem and a living natural wonder of the world. The Great Barrier Reef was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1981. Australia is strongly committed to the responsible stewardship of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and continues to act and invest to protect its Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) and strengthen its resilience. Total investment to benefit the Reef over the decade ending in 2023-24 will exceed $2.7 billion.

This 2019 State Party Report is a report outlining Australia’s response to the World Heritage Committee.

The Report demonstrates how we are addressing the pressures facing the Great Barrier Reef through sound policy and cutting edge science, substantial direct investment and world class marine park management.

Introduction and context

This State Party Report demonstrates the continued commitment of Australia to manage and protect the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (the Reef ). It focuses on progress made since the most recent State Party Report was considered in 2015.