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 Reef
- Cairns Area Plan of Management Historical Site Plan
- Horseshoe Bay Site Management Arrangements
- Blue Pearl Bay, Hayman Island
- Low Isles
- About Marine Park permits
- Legislative requirements for permits
- Advertising for public input
- Current permit application and decisions
- Advice on research permits
- Permit application assessment fee
- Contingency arrangements for tourism operations after a severe environmental incident
- Improving the permission system
- Environmental management charge
- Environmental assessment management
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.