Legislation, regulations and policies
Our work protecting the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is guided by a range of plans, regulations and legislation.
Legislation and regulations
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 is the primary Act relating to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Other Commonwealth and Queensland Government legislation also applies.
Managing the World Heritage Area
The 25-Year Strategic Plan for the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area outlines strategies for managing and preserving the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, and provides the basis to ensure wise use and protection of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area for the future.
We work in the policy framework of the Australian Government, and our Board approves all our policies and position statements.
Commonwealth agencies with responsibility for business regulation are required to publish a Regulatory Plan each financial year.
Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act) provides the community with the right to access documents held by us.
Under the Australian Government’s deregulation agenda the government committed to streamlining legislation and regulation across all government departments and agencies. With this in mind, the Authority is looking for opportunities to streamline regulatory tools and processes while ensuring high standards are maintained for protecting the Reef. The Authority will also report against the Australian Government Regulator Performance Framework.
If you're heading out on the water, don't forget your free Zoning Map so you know where you can go and what you can do.
The Great Barrier Reef is a hive of activity. If you're lucky enough to see a humpback whale from May to September, make sure you keep a safe distance.
We're delighted to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park's World Heritage listing.
Visit our Great Barrier Reef and discover its amazing plants, animals and habitats. There are a range of tourism experiences on offer.
Everyone has a role to play in protecting our Great Barrier Reef. Find out what you can do to help protect this Great Australian icon.
If you see sick, dead or stranded marine animals please call RSPCA QLD 1300 ANIMAL
(1300 264 625)
A Vulnerability Assessment: of the issues that could have far-reaching consequences for the Great Barrier Reef.