The Tourism Management Action Strategy outlines how tourism on the Great Barrier Reef will be managed, and how the Authority will support tourism, whilst protecting the Reef, into the future.
The joint strategy with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service was developed after targeted and public consultation and released in September 2021. It covers both the Commonwealth and State Marine Parks and provides overarching guidance on the management of Reef tourism out to 2035.
“Tourism operators are important partners in helping ensure the Great Barrier Reef is valued and protected for the future and we have a long history of well-managed tourism on the Reef. The Strategy aims to reduce regulatory burden and simplify and improve tourism management, particularly in light of the challenging times facing the tourism industry.” Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority CEO Josh Thomas
The Authority’s vision is for ecologically sustainable and culturally sensitive tourism, achieved through effective engagement with the Reef tourism industry, Traditional Owners and other partners. This supports transformational, world-leading visitor experiences on the Great Barrier Reef.
The strategy supports best-practice high standard tourism. It encourages presentation of the environment, biodiversity and heritage values of the Marine Parks, including appropriate recognition, respect and participation of Traditional Owners of sea country. It sets out specific actions to achieve the outcomes and objectives, over the short, medium or long term.
Detailed, direct guidance about applying for permissions for specific types of tourism activities is available elsewhere on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's Permits page.
Key outcomes, objectives and actions
The Strategy has three major outcomes, supported by specific objectives and actions that will be implemented over the short, medium and long term: