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.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) has 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 GBRMPA at an early scoping stage to discuss their general proposal, its scale and proposed location.
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