How to make a TUMRA

How do I get started?

The Reef Rescue Land and Sea Country Indigenous Partnerships Program seeks to expand the Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement (TUMRA) Program across the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park catchment. Traditional Owners who aspire to develop a TUMRA must formally advise the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) in writing.

What funding support is available?

Funding to support TUMRA development and implementation is currently available under the Reef Rescue Program. Traditional Owner groups with Great Barrier Reef sea country (and persons or legal entities acting under the direction and on behalf of Traditional Owner groups) are eligible to apply.

As a guide, the GBRMPA will consider the provision of funding up to $50 000 for Traditional Owners to develop a TUMRA based on:

  • Assessment of a TUMRA development project proposal and,
  • A detailed budget (which addresses all of the applicable criteria)

What other resources are available?

Information on the development of TUMRAs including funding conditions can be found in the TUMRA Development Funding Guidelines. Further details can also be found in the TUMRA Workbook.

Traditional Owners may also seek funding to support the implementation of a TUMRA once it has been accredited by the Australian and Queensland State Governments, or an ILUA to which the GBRMPA is a party. Details on the funding conditions for the implementation of a TUMRA can be found in the TUMRA Implementation Funding Guidelines.

For further information about TUMRAs, please contact the Indigenous Partnerships Group, toll free on 1800 990 177 or email