The Reef 2050 Plan

Reef 2050 Policy Guideline for Decision Makers - Open for public consultation

The Australian Government Department of the Environment is releasing the draft Guideline for public comment to ensure it is as effective and useful to decision makers as possible.


About the Reef 2050 Plan

The Reef 2050 Plan is the overarching framework for protecting and managing the Great Barrier Reef from 2015 to 2050. The Plan is a key component of the Australian Government’s response to the recommendations of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

At the core of the Plan is an outcomes framework that will drive progress towards an overarching vision:

To ensure the Great Barrier Reef continues to improve on its Outstanding Universal Value every decade between now and 2050 to be a natural wonder for each successive generation to come.”

The Reef 2050 Plan was developed by the Australian and Queensland governments with input from scientists, communities, Traditional Owners, industry and non-government organisations. Public comment was then invited on the draft plan for six weeks until October 27, 2014.

The Plan was submitted to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in March 2015, for consideration at the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee June/July 2015.

Implementing the Plan

An implementation strategy has been developed to outline how the Australian and Queensland governments will implement the Plan in 2015. It identifies lead agencies, timeframes, reporting and governance arrangements for the Reef 2050 Plan. The implementation strategy is designed to be a living document, which will be updated regularly with advice from industry, science bodies, experts and the community.

The Reef 2050 Plan will be underpinned by a robust investment framework, harnessing and coordinating public and private investment to maximise outcomes for the Reef. The first phase of the investment framework is an investment baseline. The investment baseline provides a snapshot of current investment and work presently being undertaken by both government and non-government sectors, as well as identifying the span of activities where funds are being used to deliver outcomes for the Reef.

Advisory bodies

Input from community, industry, science and Traditional Owners is critical to successful implementation of the Plan. An Independent Expert Panel chaired by Professor Ian Chubb and a Reef 2050 Advisory Committee have been established to facilitate engagement with these groups and provide advice on implementation of the Reef 2050 Plan.

Further information