Improving the permission system

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) is reviewing its permission system which regulates and manages activities that require a permit to occur in the Marine Park.

Between October and December 2015, we consulted on proposed changes to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983. The proposals, community feedback and our response from the first round of consultation is summarised in our report, Response to public consultation on proposed changes.

A second round of public consultation was held between September and November 2016 to invite feedback on consultation documents.

We intend to release final policies and guidelines by July 2017. This coincides with when amendments to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations are planned to take effect.

Why are changes needed?

The Great Barrier Reef Region Strategic Assessment Report and its Program Report identified a need to reduce duplication and to improve rigour and transparency in our permission system.

In August 2015, the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) released a report on the findings of an audit into GBRMPA's permission system. The report identified a need to improve consistency in the assessment of permit applications to better address risks and regulatory requirements.