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
The use of permits helps the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) ensure the conservation of the Great Barrier Reef’s state and Commonwealth Marine Parks.
Permits allow us to:
- reduce impacts on high-use and sensitive areas
- separate potentially conflicting activities
- encourage responsible behaviour in all Marine Parks users
- collect data for planning of Marine Parks
- monitor activities which may become damaging to the Marine Parks.
The agency assesses more than 400 permit applications for new activities each year. It also manages more than 2300 permissions across some 1300 permits.
In 2015, we are seeing an increase in the number of permit applications for research activities due to the strong El Nino weather system.
All level 1 (low-risk activities) applications will continue to have an assessment timeframe of 16 weeks.
Please note assessments for other activities may take longer, as we are seeing an increase in applications for level 2 (medium risk) activities.
Under the Native Title Act, we must also provide a 30-day notification period to native title holders or claimants.
If applying for a continuation of your existing permit before it expires, you can continue to operate under the old permit until a decision is made on your new application.