Consultation documents

Draft policy 

* Note public consultation closed on 18 November 2016 

DescriptionDocuments

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.

The revised policy is an update of the Environmental impact management policy, last reviewed in 2010. The proposed changes:

  • apply to all permits (not only major projects) and Part 5 purposes and accreditations
  • provide principles for low impact activities
  • explain how facilities are managed, including end-of-life decisions (Note: the existing Structures policy is planned to be revoked)
  • provide principles for setting permit conditions
  • define what constitutes an ‘emergency’
  • establish an intention to grant the longest acceptable permit term, based on risk.
Permission system policy (PDF)
Permission system policy (DOCX)

Supporting information

DescriptionDocuments

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.

These new guidelines set out the process, however no changes are proposed to how the system currently operates.

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

DescriptionDocuments

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.

These new guidelines set out how the process operates. It also introduces new guidance on specific topics (such as edu-tourism) and explains proposed amendments to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983.

Application guidelines (PDF)
Application guidelines (DOCX)

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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.

As a key change, amendments to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations are underway to make applications invalid if the information specified is not provided. We would not be required to consider the application until all the required information is submitted.

Checklist of application information (PDF)
Checklist of application information (DOCX)

Permit assessments — draft guidelines

DescriptionDocuments

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:

  • linking to values of the Marine Park
  • providing more detail on determining consequence and likelihood of impacts
  • explaining how offsets are considered.
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.

Assessment guidelines (PDF)
Assessment guidelines (DOCX)

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Value assessment guidelines: We have identified 62 values of the Marine Park. Value assessment guidelines will be developed to help applicants and agency officers understand potential impacts.

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.

For the purpose of consultation, two guidelines have been released.

  • Guidelines: Activity impact assessment in the permission system – Photography, filming and sound recording (including drones) (Recording activity assessment Guidelines). These present new guidance on drones and what types of recording can be conducted without permission.
  • Guidelines: Activity impact assessment in the permission system – Tourism program involving whale watching or swimming with whales (Whale-based tourism activity assessment guidelines). These propose changes to the existing Operational policy on whale and dolphin conservation in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
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.

Location-specific assessment guidelines (PDF)
Location-specific assessment guidelines (DOCX)

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

DescriptionDocuments

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.

To assist with this change, two documents have been prepared:

  • Discussion and options paper: Advice on managing facilities within the Marine Park (Managing facilities discussion paper). This paper on managing facilities in the Marine Park has been commissioned. It covers topics such as frequency and type of inspections, and factors to consider when removing or decommissioning facilities. You are invited to comment on the discussion paper, noting the contents do not reflect our policy.
  • Guidelines: Activity impact assessment in the permission system – Fixed facilities (Facilities activity assessment guidelines).  This provides useful background information for all types of fixed facilities. More guidelines are intended to be added in the future for specific types of facilities.
Managing facilities discussion paper (PDF)
Managing facilities discussion paper (DOCX)


Facilities activity assessment guidelines (PDF)
Facilities activity assessment guidelines (DOCX)