Policies, plans and position statements


Our policies give effect to the agency's responsibilities, functions and powers outlined in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975. A policy will only be developed where there is an identified need that has been approved by the Marine Park Authority (Board), or if urgent - the Chairman.


Protected species


Position statements

Position statements express the Authority’s position on an issue where it has a strong interest, but is outside its direct regulatory control. These statements are based on the best-available science and information.


Zoning Plan

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Zoning Plan and related legislation is the foundation of our resilience-based management approach.

The zoning plan is supported by plans of management that set specific protection measures in the very popular, high-use areas — the Cairns and Whitsundays region — or areas of conservation concern like Hinchinbrook and Shoalwater Bay.

Site management arrangements

Site management arrangements are localised plans for use of a particular site.

Hinchinbrook Plan of Management


Guidelines generally support the agency's policies or position statements and outline the agency process on certain issues. Guidelines may also be the required terminology under certain circumstances. Any guidelines developed by the agency will clearly state whether they are 'for guidance' or 'strict rules to be adhered to'.