Marine Parks Permit - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this permit if you intend to undertake any activity not otherwise regulated by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Zoning Plan or similar plans for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Zones.

The following activities require a permit:

  • Most commercial activities, including shipping, boating, tourist operations such as whale watching, and fishing;
  • Installation and operation of structures, such as jetties, marinas, pontoons and aquaculture facilities;
  • Any works, such as repairs to structures, dredging and dumping of spoil, placement and operation of moorings;
  • Anchoring or mooring for an extended period;
  • Waste discharge from a fixed structure;
  • Entering a wreck;
  • Research except for limited impact research;
  • Educational programs;
  • Traditional hunting and/or fishing

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  • Carrying out cultural heritage purposes such as research, filming or monitoring in Maritime Cultural Heritage Protection areas.

Most visitors to the Marine Park will not require a permit for recreational activities.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

You will be required to submit a new application when:

  • First setting up your business;
  • Your current permit is close to expiry; or
  • You want to make significant changes to your operation.

The Agency will consider:

  • The potential impacts of the conduct proposed to be permitted by the proposed conduct on the environment and on the social, cultural and heritage values of the Marine Park or a part of the Marine Park;
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Options for monitoring, managing and mitigating the potential impacts of the proposed conduct; and

  • Whether the proposed conduct will take place in an area to which a zoning plan applies.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Duration

As specified on the permit.

Fees

 TypeDescription
ApplyApplication

Fees vary depending on individual circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for fee information.

Administering agency

Department of the Environment and Energy
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Great Barrier Reef Operations

Act(s) name

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Enquiries
Department of the Environment and Energy
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Great Barrier Reef Operations


Mailing address:
PO BOX 1379
Townsville, Queensland 4810

Phone:

07 47500700

Fax:

07 47726093
permits@gbrmpa.gov.au

Supporting information

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