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Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

The Commonwealth Coastal Policy Annexe

Commonwealth of Australia, May 1995

Annexe B: Commonwealth strategies relevant to the coastal zone

Name of strategy

Lead agency



Cape York Peninsula Land Use Strategy (CYPLUS)

DEST Barry Reville (06) 274 1399 To facilitate well-informed resource use policy between the Commonwealtsh and Queensland Governments Stage 1 completion due December 1995
Conservation of Australian Species and Ecological Communities Threatened with Extinction: the National Strategy ANCA Jim Crennan (06) 250 0280 To enable Australia's species and ecological communities threatened with extinction to survive and thrive in their natural habitats, to retain their genetic diversity and potential for evolutionary development, and to prevent additional species and ecological communities from becoming threatened Draft ANZECC strategy to be agreed by COAG
Conservation Strategy for the Australian Antarctic Territory DEST DFAT Assistant Director Policy and Planning Antarctic Division, DEST (002) 323 206 To establish guiding principles for management of Australian activities in the Australian Antarctic Territory consultation consistent with the national interest and the provisions of the Antarctic Treaty The strategy has been released for public
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism Strategy ATSIC (06) 289 8962 Tourism (06) 279 7142 To facilitate greater involvement by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the tourism industry Draft strategy has been released
National Cruise Shipping Strategy Tourism Director, Market Development (06) 279 7129 To determine the most advantageous operating environment for foreign cruise ships, within the framework of broader government policy Discussion paper released
National Ecotourism Strategy Tourism Director Nature Based and Indigenous Tourism (06) 279 7126 To increase Australia's competitiveness as an ecotourism destination, enhance visitor appreciation of natural and cultural values, and contribute to the long-term conservation and management of ecotourism resources Strategy released in March 1994
National Forest Policy Statement DPIE Assistant Secretary Forests Branch (06) 272 4620 DEST Jennie Ludlow (06) 274 1319 To facilitate the ecologically sustainable management of Australia’s forests Agreed by all States. The policy is now being implemented
National Greenhouse Response Strategy DEST Gillian Rodda (06) 274 1910 To contribute towards effective global action to limit greenhouse gas emissions and enhance greenhouse gas sinks, to improve knowledge and understanding of the enhanced greenhouse effect, and to prepare for potential impacts of climate change in Australia Endorsed by COAG, December 1992
National Strategy on Aquaculture DPIE Murray Johns (06) 272 4813 To provide a framework for orderly development of the aquaculture industry to maximise efficiencies and competitive advantages Released in June 1994
National Strategy for the Conservation of Australia’s Biological Diversity DESTAndreas Glanznig (06) 274 1955 To protect Australia’s biodiversity and maintain ecological processes and systems. The six key target areas are conservation of biodiversity across Australia, integrating biodiversity, conservation and natural resource management, managing threatening processes, improving our knowledge, involving the community, and Australia's international role The Strategy is in the final stages of development and has been endorsed by the Commonwealth and most States and Territories.
National Tourism Strategy Tourism Director Economic Policy Section (06) 279 7117 To provide a clear statement of Commonwealth Government objectives for future tourism development, to provide a sound basis for tourism policy formulation and industry planning, and to enhance awareness of the economic, environmental, social and cultural significance of the tourism industry Launched June 1992 Implementation progress report released December 1993
National Waste Minimisation and Recycling Strategy EPA Gillian Savage (06) 274 1488 To reduce waste going to landfill by 50 per cent by year 2000 Strategy released mid-1992. Progress survey completed September 1994
National Water Quality Management Strategy – includes draft water quality guidelines ANZECC/ARMCANZ Contact: Barry Sheedy Ph.: (008) 807 844 To encourage the sustainable use of the nation's water resources by protecting and enhancing their quality while maintaining and protecting economic and social development Water quality guidelines for fresh and marine waters were released in 1992.
National Weeds Strategy DPIE Dr Graeme Evans (06) 272 3426 To protect agricultural productivity and the biodiversity of natural ecosystems by preventing entry of new weeds, by ensuring noxious weed declaration systems are in the public interest, by research and education to promote efficient weed management, and by regulation to prevent potential conflict between different user groups Draft being finalised
Twenty-Five Year Strategic Plan for the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (GBRWHA) GBRMPA Tim Cansfield-Smith (077) 818 811 The Plan establishes a vision for the GBRWHA and provides guidance for people involved in the area to enable them to contribute to the achievement of this vision Plan released May 1994


ANCA Australian Nature Conservation Agency
ANZECC Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council
ARMCANZ Agriculture and Resources Management Council of Australia and New Zealand
ATSIC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission
COAG Council of Australian Governments
DEST Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories
DFAT Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
DPIE Department of Primary Industries and Energy
EPA Environment Protection Agency (Commonwealth)
GBRMPA Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
GBRWHA Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area