Interim Guidelines on the Outstanding Universal Value of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area - for Proponents of Actions
About this publication
In 1981 the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area was added to the World Heritage List for its outstanding universal value. The Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area is listed as a matter of national environmental significance through our national environmental law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
The Australian Government has developed interim guidelines to assist any person proposing to undertake development, activity or action in or adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef that may impact on the outstanding universal value of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area to decide whether the action will require approval under national environment law.
If you think that your action is likely to have a significant impact on the outstanding universal value of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, you may wish to seek expert advice. If you are unsure, you should seek guidance from the Business Entry Point Section of the department at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1800 803 772.