* Note public consultation closed on 18 November 2016
The Environmental impact management policy: permission system (Permission system policy) outlines our approach to managing the permission system in a way that is consistent and transparent. The policy explains our expectations and considerations in achieving the objects of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975.
|Permission system policy (PDF)|
Permission system policy (DOCX)
The Information sheet on joint Marine Parks permissions with Queensland (Joint Marine Parks permissions information sheet) explains how joint Commonwealth and Queensland permission decisions are managed as a single application, assessment, and if granted, as a single permit.
|Joint Marine Parks permissions information sheet (PDF)|
Joint Marine Parks permissions information sheet (DOCX)
The Deemed applications under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Deemed applications guidelines) outline how the process is integrated and streamlined with EPBC processes.
These new guidelines set out the current process, however no changes are proposed to how the system operates.
|EPBC deemed applications guidelines (PDF)|
EPBC deemed applications guidelines (DOCX)
Permit applications — draft guidelines and checklists
The Guidelines: Applications for permission (Application guidelines) outline which activities require a permit, who can apply, and fees and information that need to be provided as part of the application.
The Checklist of application information is an appendix and proposes information that would be required before we accept an application as valid. After public consultation, application forms will be updated to include required information.
|Checklist of application information (PDF)|
Checklist of application information (DOCX)
Permit assessments — draft guidelines
The Risk assessment procedure explains how we identify, assess and manage risk associated with proposed activities
This updates the existing Environmental assessment and management risk management framework, last reviewed in 2009. Key changes include:
|Risk assessment procedure (PDF)|
Risk assessment procedure (DOCX)
The Guidelines: Permission assessment and decision (Assessment guidelines) outline how we make decisions on permission applications.
These are new documents. They set out current operations, but also introduce new guidance on specific topics and explain the proposed amendments to the Regulations.
Five value assessment guidelines have been produced as examples for public feedback.
Historic heritage impact assessment guidelines (PDF)
Historic heritage impact assessment guidelines (DOCX)
Indigenous heritage impact assessment guidelines (PDF)
Indigenous heritage impact assessment guidelines (DOCX)
Social impact assessment guidelines (PDF)
Social impact assessment guidelines (DOCX)
Dugong impact assessment guidelines (PDF)
Dugong impact assessment guidelines (DOCX)
Seagrass impact assessment guidelines (PDF)
Seagrass impact assessment guidelines (DOCX)
Activity assessment guidelines provide useful background information when assessing specific types of activities. We intend to add to these over time.
|Recording activity assessment guidelines (PDF)|
Recording activity assessment guidelines (DOCX)
Whale-based tourism activity assessment guidelines (PDF)
Whale-based tourism activity assessment guidelines (DOCX)
|Guidelines: Location-specific assessment in the permission system (Location-specific assessment guidelines).|
These guidelines provide information about specific locations and how this needs to be considered when making decisions.
|Guidelines: Maritime Cultural Heritage Protection Special Management Area permit application and assessment (Maritime cultural heritage SMA guidelines).|
These explain our considerations when assessing requests for permission to enter these special management areas. Two World War II Catalina plane wrecks with potential human remains are currently declared as maritime cultural heritage special management areas.
|Maritime cultural heritage protection SMA guidelines (PDF)|
Maritime cultural heritage protection SMA guidelines (DOCX)
Facilities management package
We intend to revoke the existing Structures policy. The content will be updated and transferred into the new permission system policy and new activity assessment guidelines.
|Managing facilities discussion paper (PDF)|
Managing facilities discussion paper (DOCX)
Facilities activity assessment guidelines (PDF)
Facilities activity assessment guidelines (DOCX)
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