Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report

The Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report is a stock-take of the Great Barrier Reef, its management and its future.

The aim of the Outlook Report is to provide information about:

  • The condition of the ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef Region (including the ecosystem outside the Region where it affects the Region)
  • Social and economic factors influencing the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem
  • Management effectiveness of the Great Barrier Reef, and...
  • Risk-based assessment of the long-term outlook for the Region.

The Report underpins decision-making for the long term protection of the Great Barrier Reef. It is prepared by the GBRMPA based on the best available information and is independently peer reviewed. Many people contribute to the development of the Outlook Report including:

  • Australian and Queensland Government agencies
  • Leading Great Barrier Reef scientists and researchers
  • Industry representatives
  • Advisory committees
  • Members of regional communities and the public.

The publication of an Outlook Report was a key recommendation of the review of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975. A report is to be prepared every five years and given to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities for tabling in both houses of the Australian Parliament.

The Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2009 is the first of these reports and the Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2014 is in preparation at the moment.

Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2009

The first ever Outlook Report was launched in 2009. It was well received and the approach it took to environmental reporting has since been drawn on by others around the world.

The GBRMPA eLibrary also contains a series of Information Sheets based on the findings of the Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2009 and a copy of the independent assessment of management effectiveness that was the basis of Chapter 7 in the 2009 Outlook Report.

Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2014

The 2014 edition of the Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report is currently being prepared.

The extensive assessment and stakeholder engagement work undertaken for the Great Barrier Reef Region Strategic Assessment is being very strongly drawn on in this process.

The structure of the Outlook Report 2014 will be similar to that of the 2009 edition, with an increased attention to the treatment of Heritage. The Report is due to the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Water by the 30 June 2014.