Great Barrier Reef Foundation

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is lead manager of the Great Barrier Reef; the Great Barrier Reef Foundation is the lead charity for the Reef.

In April 2018 the Australian Government announced $500 million funding for the Great Barrier Reef. This included a $443.3 million partnership with the Foundation to invest in projects to tackle key risks to the Reef and seek co-funding from private investors and philanthropists.

This partnership is founded on the premise that these two organisations — the Marine Park Authority and the Foundation — can deliver far greater benefits to the Reef by working together.

How we work together

The Marine Park Authority has strong partnership with the Foundation and history of collaboration — both organisations hold significant and unique roles in the management of the Great Barrier Reef.

We share common goals and values and bring complementary expertise, experience and skills sets to the table to address challenges facing the Reef.

The Marine Park Authority is represented on the Foundation's International Scientific Advisory Committee and Partnership Management Committee and a number of collaborative working groups.

Through our partnership, we will work together to further strengthen cooperative arrangements between organisations at strategic and operational levels.

Current projects

We are working with the Foundation on a number of projects focused on delivering improved outcomes for the Reef. These include:

Reef Trust Partnership

The Australian Government investment of $500 million will specifically drive progress towards Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan outcomes and targets projects that can help build the Reef’s resilience.

These include water quality improvements, crown-of-thorns starfish control and restoration and adaptation programs.

The Authority is closely engaged in the development of the projects which will be delivered by this funding.

We are directly involved in the Partnership Management Committee which will oversee delivery of projects under the funding, as well as being represented on relevant working groups for the funding components.

The grant agreement between the Foundation and the Department of the Environment and Energy also requires that we are consulted on the development of documents key to planning the delivery of activities against the funding.

Senate Inquiry – Great Barrier Reef 2050 Partnership Program

On 19 June 2018, the Senate referred the 2018-19 Budget measure Great Barrier Reef 2050 Partnership Program to the Environment and Communications References Committee for a public inquiry.

The Marine Park Authority made a submission to the inquiry, and appeared before the committee at the hearing on 31 July 2018. The inquiry report is due on 4 December 2018.

The final report and the Australian Government’s response to the inquiry will be made available here once the inquiry is finished and after the report is released.