Legislation, regulations, agreements and policies

Our work to protect the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is guided by a range of plans, regulations and legislation.

Legislation and regulations

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 is the primary Act relating to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Other Commonwealth and Queensland Government legislation also applies.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 2019 will come into effect on 1 April 2019 — but will not result in any substantive change to the rules that apply in the Marine Park.

These new Regulations repeal and replace the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983.


We work in the policy framework of the Australian Government, and our Board approves all our policies and position statements.

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act) provides the community with the right to access documents held by us.

Deregulation agenda

Under the Australian Government’s deregulation agenda the government committed to streamlining legislation and regulation across all government departments and agencies. We are looking for opportunities to streamline regulatory tools and processes while ensuring high standards are maintained for protecting the Reef. We will also report against the Australian Government Regulator Performance Framework.