The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (the Marine Park Authority) began reviewing the permission system in January 2015. The permission system regulates and manages activities that require a permission in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the Great Barrier Reef (Coast) Marine Park. Permits are issued by the Marine Park Authority and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service through the joint permission system.
Improvements to the permission system took effect on 4 October 2017, including amendments to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983 to increase transparency and consistency of permit assessment and decision making.
Policy and guidelines have also been developed on how we manage permission applications, assessments and decisions.
An online application portal has also been launched to allow applicants to submit Marine Parks permit applications and to manage their applications, existing permits and contact details.
Consultation during review of permission system
In February 2017, we released a Round 2 Consultation Summary Report. This describes our consultation activities between September and November 2016 and the public comments we received on draft documents.
Between October and December 2015, we conducted the first round of public consultation on proposed changes. The main focus was on possible changes to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983.
- Read more about the proposed legislative changes – Round 1 consultation document - Proposed changes to the permission system.
- Read our Response to Round 1 public consultation on proposed changes to the permission system.
Why were changes needed?
The Improving the Permission System project started in January 2015 to deliver changes to legislation, policies and procedures to:
- Implement recommendations from the Australian National Audit Office and the Australian Parliament’s Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit
- Implement recommendations from the agency’s Great Barrier Reef Region Strategic Assessment Program Report
- Improve harmonisation with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (C’th)
- Reduce regulatory burden for clients and the agency, while maintaining strong environmental protection.