Cost recovery implementation statements

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (Authority) is required to implement the Australian Government’s cost recovery policy which applies to all agencies covered by the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act).

This policy aims to improve the consistency, transparency and accountability of cost recovery arrangements and to promote the efficient allocation of resources.

When is a CRIS prepared?

According to the Cost Recovery Guidelines, a cost recovery implementation statement should be prepared for significant cost recovery arrangements, when:

  • reviews consistent with the Australian Government's review schedule for existing cost recovery arrangements are undertaken
  • new cost recovery arrangements are proposed
  • material amendments are made to existing arrangements (a general rule-of-thumb is that price changes greater than the consumer price index would be considered material — however, agencies should also consider the likely impact on stakeholders), and
  • periodic reviews of cost recovery arrangements are undertaken.

A cost recovery implementation statement differs from a regulation impact statement, which is required for proposed regulation (or amendment to regulation) that affects business.

A cost recovery implementation statement transparently documents how an agency's fees and charges comply with its cost recovery policy and with the Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines.

The Marine Park Authority’s cost recovery implementation statements

In accordance with the Cost Recovery Guidelines, we have developed the following draft cost recovery implementation statement:

This cost recovery implementation statement provides information on how the Authority currently implements cost recovery for permission system-related activities under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975. The Authority recovers a partial amount of the total costs in assessing permit applications. The extent to which each permit type is cost recovered depends on the nature of the regulated activity, and the potential impact charges may have on policy objectives, compliance and industry.

Future review: It should be noted, that given the current fee structure pre-dates the Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines and the Australian Government Charging Framework, a full review and update to this cost recovery implementation statement is proposed in the draft statement. This includes an analysis of future options to fully recover costs associated with the permission system. Further consultation will be an important element of this review.

Public consultation — draft statement for public comment

We welcome public comment on this draft cost recovery implementation statement before it is finalised and published on our website.  

This consultation process is targeted towards anyone seeking a permission to conduct a commercial activity within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This may include:

  • tourism operators
  • Queensland and local government
  • anyone required to advertise their permit application
  • anyone required to prepare a public environment report or an environmental impact statement
  • anyone who installs and operates facilities in the Marine Park.

Feedback received as part of this consultation will inform the subsequent review of all permission system fees.

How to contribute your views

The public consultation period closes at 5pm AEST on 24 April 2017, and seeks to:

  • inform stakeholders about the current implementation of these cost recovery measures
  • gather ideas to inform the full review of permission system fees.

Submissions can be made electronically via or by posting a hard copy submission to:

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

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