Policies and position statements

Policies

Our policies give effect to the agency's responsibilities, functions and powers outlined in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975. A policy will only be developed where there is an identified need that has been approved by the Marine Park Authority (Board), or if urgent - the Chairman.

Tourism
Scientific research
Protected species
Environmental

Position statements

Position statements outline the agency's position on issues where the Marine Park Authority (Board) has a strong interest, but does not have legislative powers, for example, emerging risks from shipping. A position statement will only be developed where there is an identified need that has been approved by the Board, or if urgent - the Chairman.

Guidelines

Guidelines generally support the agency's policies or position statements and outline the agency process on certain issues. Guidelines may also be the required terminology under certain circumstances. Any guidelines developed by the agency will clearly state whether they are 'for guidance' or 'strict rules to be adhered to'.