Queensland Government agencies
Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection is responsible for the management of Queensland's environment, including water, salinity, Native Title and threatened species. It is the lead agency to the Queensland Government for environmental management matters including the assessment and approval of works in intertidal areas, internal water and the Great Barrier Reef catchment.
Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing
The Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing is responsible for day-to-day field management in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, as well as island and mainland national parks.
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry is responsible for management of and research on fisheries and fisheries habitat in the Great Barrier Reef Region. The Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol is responsible for enforcement of fisheries regulations (including Dugong Protection Areas) and marine parks and transport legislation.
Department of Premier and Cabinet
The Department of Premier and Cabinet provides overall coordination and direction for Queensland Government involvement in Great Barrier Reef matters. Within the department, the Reef Secretariat provides support for the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan.
Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
The Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning ensures essential planning and infrastructure is developed and delivered. This includes the development of regional plans along the Great Barrier Reef coast.
Department of Transport and Main Roads
The Department of Transport and Main Roads is responsible for providing policy and strategic advice relating to Queensland's ports system. Within the department, Maritime Safety Queensland is responsible for licencing, registration and the safe navigation of vessels. It is the lead response agency for oil and chemical spills.
Queensland Water Police
The Queensland Water Police enforces marine parks legislation and investigates crimes on the water.
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.
The Great Barrier Reef is a hive of activity. If you're lucky enough to see a humpback whale from May to September, make sure you keep a safe distance.
We're delighted to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park's World Heritage listing.
Visit our Great Barrier Reef and discover its amazing plants, animals and habitats. There are a range of tourism experiences on offer.
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.
If you see sick, dead or stranded marine animals please call RSPCA QLD 1300 ANIMAL
(1300 264 625)
A Vulnerability Assessment: of the issues that could have far-reaching consequences for the Great Barrier Reef.