Get involved

The Great Barrier Reef belongs to all of us and everyone has a role in ensuring this great natural icon is protected for future generations to enjoy just like we do.

No matter where you live, you can undertake actions that are good for the marine environment and show your support for the Great Barrier Reef.

Help us keep an Eye on the Reef

Eye on the Reef is a powerful monitoring program that enables anyone who visits the Great Barrier Reef to contribute to its long-term protection. The program brings together five assessment and monitoring programs that collect valuable information about reef health, marine animals and incidents.

These programs enable people from all walks of life — Marine Park rangers, marine tourism staff, scientist, fishers, tourists and other reef users — to report their Reef sightings and observations to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Get involved with other Reef monitoring programs:

  • Great Barrier Reef Foundation citizen science 
  • ReefBlitz discover, identify and record the plants and animals living in and around our
  • Seagrass-Watch – monitor the condition and trend of nearshore seagrass ecosystems
  • CoralWatch – monitor coral health

Become a strandings response volunteer

Free online training is now available for those who want to help marine turtles stranded on the Great Barrier Reef coastline. The training package for volunteers has been developed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA).

The training package includes eight modules that can be completed at the user's own pace, interactive presentations with videos, audio, graphics and reading, across a series of learning modules. Email to request access to the training.

Join our online community

Join our online community of people who care about the Great Barrier Reef. Learn about the work being undertaken to protect the Reef and share your stories, photos and videos of the Reef.

Community consultation

Community consultation is an important process that allows you to provide formal feedback on matters relating to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Visit Reef HQ Aquarium

At Reef HQ Aquarium, our national education centre for the Great Barrier Reef, you can learn more about what makes the Reef a special place. You can also volunteer at Reef HQ or donate to ourTurtle Hospital, which helps care for sick or injured turtles so they can become healthy and be released back in to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Become a Reef Guardian

Our Reef Guardian Program includes schools, councils, farmers and fishers. While Reef Guardians are located throughout the Great Barrier Reef catchment, no matter where you live you can undertake Reef Guardian-inspired activities.

Join environmental activities and groups

Throughout the Great Barrier Reef catchment area there are organisations, activities and events helping protect the Reef. Get involved in a community group near you and start working towards a sustainable Reef.

Be responsible out on the water

If you're lucky enough to visit the Great Barrier Reef help protect plants, animals and habitats by following the zoning rules and responsible reef practices. You can also be our eyes and ears to ensure others follow your lead - report any incidents or suspected offences you have witnessed.