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.

We have now developed or updated policies and guidelines relating to the permission system, and are holding a second round of public consultation.

Public consultation

The opportunity for public feedback will close on 4 November 2016. (Please refer to our privacy notice.) There are several ways to get involved.

Consultation documents

Read the consultation documents and complete the online response form. Alternatively, email consultation@gbrmpa.gov.au or send a letter to:

Manager, Strategy Development
Environmental Assessment and Protection
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
PO Box 1379
Townsville QLD 4810

Information sessions

Attend an information session to learn first-hand about proposed changes and provide feedback.

After this consultation, we will update the 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.