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.
New legislation, policy and guidelines are being developed about how we manage permission applications, assessments and decisions.
We plan to implement the first set of changes in September 2017, although this timeline is subject to progressing supporting amendments to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983.
What has happened so far?
In February 2017, we released a Round 2 Consultation Summary Report. This describes our consultation activities between September and November 2016 and the public comments we received on draft documents.
Between October and December 2015, we conducted the first round of public consultation on proposed changes. The main focus was on possible changes to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983.
- Read more about the proposed legislative changes – Round 1 consultation document - Proposed changes to the permission system.
- Read GBRMPA’s Response to Round 1 public consultation on proposed changes to the permission system.
Why are changes needed?
The Improving the Permission System project started in January 2015 and will deliver changes to legislation, policies and procedures to:
- Implement recommendations from the Australian National Audit Office and the Australian Parliament’s Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit
- Implement recommendations from the agency’s Great Barrier Reef Region Strategic Assessment Program Report
- Improve harmonisation with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (C’th)
- Reduce regulatory burden for clients and the agency, while maintaining strong environmental protection.