Marine Parks Permit - Australian Government


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
  • carrying out cultural heritage purposes such as research, filming or monitoring in Maritime Cultural Heritage Protection areas
  • making changes to existing permitted operations and transferring a licence.

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

Permit-related fees have been waived until 30 June 2023.

Service type


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 either:

  • first setting up your business
  • your current permit is close to expiry
  • 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
  • options for monitoring, managing and mitigating the potential impacts of the proposed conduct
  • whether the proposed conduct will take place in an area to which a zoning plan applies.


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Fees will vary depending on your circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.


Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply Company, Co-operative, Other, Partnership, Sole Trader Guide for Current Permit Holders (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 2019 Australian Government

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Supporting information