Legislation, regulations and policies
- Policies and position statements
- Vessel sewage regulations
- Whale and dolphin watching regulations
- Regulator Performance Framework
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
- 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 Island Reef
- Cairns Area Plan of Management Historical Site Plan
- Horseshoe Bay Site Management Arrangements
- Blue Pearl Bay, Hayman Island
- Low Isles
- Current Permit Application and Decision Information
- Research permits - advice to researchers
- Accredited educational and research institutions
- Best environmental practices and legal requirements for limited impact research in the Marine Park
- Accessing biological resources for biodiscovery purposes
- Accredited educational and research institutions list
- Environmental Research Ethics Advisory Committee
- When do you need a Marine Parks permit?
- Steps in the permitting process
- Structure of a permit
- Deeds of agreement
- Changes/variations to permits
- Transfer of permits
- Suspension and revocation
- Review rights
- Contingency arrangements for tourism operations after a severe environmental incident
- Permit Application Assessment Fee
- Improving the permission system
- Environmental Management Charge
- Environmental assessment management
Advertising the Environmental Management Charge
As a Marine Park permittee, your obligation to collect the environmental management charge (EMC) from visitors includes correctly representing the amount of the EMC when advertising fare prices.
It is your responsibility to ensure consistency across all media including websites, brochures, television advertising, tax invoices and receipts.
However, where additional fees and charges are advertised, and you have chosen to advertise or collect the EMC separate to the ticket price then you must ensure a consumer can readily identify the correct EMC component.
Examples of correct EMC advertising include:
- Total price - $….
- Total price - $…. including environmental management charge of $6.00*
- Total price - $…. including fees/charges $…. (including environmental management charge - $6.00)*.
It is a criminal offence under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 to make a false or misleading representation of the EMC.
You should refer to the Trade Practices Amendment (Clarity in Pricing) Act 2008 for other requirements of price advertising.
To make it easier to explain the EMC to your passengers, its role in management, and how much each visitor pays, a full colour poster is available for operators to use.
How is logbook information used?
- Logbook information is used to determine your liability to pay the EMC.
- EMC visitation data is also used by GBRMPA and QPWS to assist in managing the Marine Park.
- Information collected from individual permit holders is confidential. Aggregate or ‘combined’ data may be released to the public and other organisations and government departments.
Will the EMC increase?
The EMC is linked to the Consumer Price Index (all groups) for Brisbane. Increases take place on 1 April during years when the accumulated indexed calculation reaches $0.40 or more. GBRMPA will notify permittees of any increases to the EMC at least 12 months in advance.