Review of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Structural Adjustment Package
John Gunn, Greg Fraser, Brian Kimball, June 2010
About the report
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Structural Adjustment Package provided $213.7M financial support to 1782 fishers and fishery-related businesses affected by the 2004 rezoning of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
The report, Review of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Structural Adjustment Package, critically examines the development and delivery of the package, specifically the business restructuring assistance and fishery-related business exit assistance. The fishing business exit (licence buyout) assistance component of the Package was reviewed in 2007.
The review makes recommendations to improve structural adjustment assistance package design and delivery in the future. The Department believes the review is a reasonable appraisal of the package and the circumstances surrounding its delivery. Significant investment in improving the Department's business systems and practices that will address many of the review's findings is underway.