Overview of the Representative Areas Program
- The need for rezoning
- Research and planning
- First community participation phase
- Developing the Draft Zoning Plan
- Second community participation phase
- Further development of the Plan
- Implementing the Zoning Plan
- Education, Surveillance and Enforcement
- Monitoring the ecological effects of the 2004 rezoning of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
Plans of management
- Cairns Area Plan of Management
- Hinchinbrook Plan of Management
- Shoalwater Bay (Dugong) Plan of Management
- Whitsundays Plan of Management
- Have your say — Whitsundays Plan of Management
- Privacy Statement - Public Consultation for Whitsundays Plan of Management Amendment
- Guide to visiting the Whitsundays Plan of Management Area for recreational users
- Whitsundays Plan of Management Setting 5 Site Plans
- Special Management Areas
- Raine Island Moulter Cay and MacLennan Cay Site Management Arrangements
- Clump Point Site Management Arrangements
- Michaelmas Cay Locality Site Management Arrangements
- Upolu Cay and Reef Site Management Arrangements
- Milln Reef Site Plan
- Flynn Reef Site Plan
- Bauer Bay, Site Management Arrangements
- Tongue Bay, Hill Inlet, Whitehaven Beach
- Fitzroy Reef
- Keppel Bay and Islands Site Management Arrangements
- Lady Elliot Island and Reef
- Lady Musgrave Reef
- Cairns Area Plan of Management Historical Site Plan
- Horseshoe Bay Site Management Arrangements
- Blue Pearl Bay, Hayman Island
- Low Isles
- About Marine Park permits
- Legislative requirements for permits
- Advertising for public input
- Current permit application and decisions
- Advice on research permits
- Permit application assessment fee
- Contingency arrangements for tourism operations after a severe environmental incident
- Improving the permission system
- Environmental management charge
- Environmental assessment management
Environmental assessment management
As a multiple-use area, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park supports a range of activities, and it is important to ensure they have minimal impact on the marine environment.
When an application for permission to undertake activities in the Marine Park has been submitted, the environmental risks are evaluated.
We have a formal environmental impact assessment process to evaluate the possible risks or effects from a proposed activity or development.
Common activities where a detailed process is undertaken include developments within the Marine Park such as pontoons, jetties, pipelines, dredging and marinas.
There are four main stages of environmental impact management: scoping, assessment, decision and auditing/compliance.
This allows information to be compiled to evaluate whether a permit approval or refusal will be in the best interest of the community. If approved, one or more permissions are contained within a permit.
The criteria for assessing projects include ecological, social, economic, Indigenous interests, as well as current and future use of the proposed location.
Applicants are invited to contact us at an early scoping stage to discuss their general proposal, its scale and proposed location.