Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program Strategy flip book icon

The Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program covers the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and adjacent catchment monitoring programs.

This coordinated and integrated monitoring, modelling and reporting framework will help track the progress of the Reef 2050 Plan, under the plan’s seven themes: ecosystem health, biodiversity, heritage, water quality, community benefits, economic benefits, and governance.

Actions and targets

The Reef 2050 Plan actions, targets, objectives and outcomes for the governance theme are based on the findings of this 2014 review. The plan’s actions and targets build on the strong and well-regarded consultation networks already in place for Reef management.

The current advisory committee structure for various Reef initiatives will be streamlined, enabling more effective input from Traditional Owners, industry, researchers and the community regarding protection and management of the World Heritage Area.

Harnessing sufficient financial and other resources and directing them to activities which support the outcomes of the plan is critical. Early in 2015 an investment baseline was developed to detail all the investment and work for Reef protection and management currently being undertaken by both government and non-government sectors.


In 2014, an independent review of governance arrangements for Great Barrier Reef management was undertaken. This review found legislative arrangements and institutional management were generally effective.

Threats to governance

The Reef 2050 Plan, and other related reports on reef heath, identify the following threats to governance:

  • Duplication and overlap in processes, consultation and decision-making
  • Reduced continuity in management activities
  • Reduced effectiveness in application of data
These threats will be reduced thorough information gathered as part of the Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program.