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Review of the implementation of oceans policy

This document has been prepared by TFG International,
October 2002.

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The introduction of Oceans Policy in 1998 was a major development with national and international ramifications. The Government committed to implement an integrated and ecosystems-based oceans planning and management system for all Australia’s marine jurisdictions. The Policy recognises that the management of resources in the oceans requires an integrated approach that balances environmental, economic and social objectives.

The policy represented an innovative framework to “promote ecologically-sustainable development of the resources of our oceans and the encouragement of internationally competitive marine industries, while ensuring the protection of marine biological diversity”1. It has deservedly attracted international attention because of its ground-breaking characteristics.

Nothing that has happened since the policy was launched has diminished the importance of the policy. It still represents a major Government priority and a world leading approach.

This Review was established in August 2002, to be completed by October 2002. The Terms of Reference are at Appendix 1. In essence the Review has several themes:

The focus of this component theme include: