Review of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 - Review Panel Report
The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef, covering some 344 400 square kilometres of unparalleled biodiversity and unique ecosystems. Recognised internationally as a World Heritage Area, the Great Barrier Reef is an icon for all Australians.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 established the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park some 30 years ago, and has been during this time an exemplar for marine management and conservation. An important part of this has been - and continues to be - a collaboration with the Queensland Government in managing and protecting the Marine Park.
In commissioning a review of the Act, the Australian Government has recognised the evolving needs and challenges of safeguarding the Marine Park for the future. Meeting these requires up-to-date, relevant legislation and an approach that provides for continued protection for marine life and biodiversity, as well as for ongoing sustainable economic and recreational activity and engagement with business and local communities.
I am pleased to present the report of the Review Panel, which sets out a clear direction for the future management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The Australian Government is committed to the long-term protection and wise use of this precious asset, and commends this report.
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act Review - Terms of Reference and Background paper
Department of the Environment and Heritage, August 2005
About this review
The Australian Government made an election commitment to review the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 to improve the performance of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, its office holders and its accountability frameworks.
The Review is chaired by the Secretary of the Department of the Environment and Heritage, Mr David Borthwick, assisted by Ms Barbara Belcher, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Mr Jonathan Hutson, Department of Finance and Administration, reporting to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator the Hon Ian Campbell.
Invitations for public submissions to the review closed on Friday 30 September 2005.
All submissions have been treated as public documents unless they contain clearly marked commercial-in-confidence material.,p>