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 the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service 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?
There will be no changes to the Standard Tourism Program Environmental Management Charge in 2018 or 2019.
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. We will notify permit holders of any increases to the EMC at least 12 months in advance.