Accreditation of a Traditional Use of Marine Resource Agreement - Australian Government


You will require this accreditation if you are a traditional owner, representing an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander group, intending to carry out traditional hunting, fishing or other activities within a Great Barrier Reef Marine Park area.

Traditional Use of Marine Resource Agreements (TUMRAs) must be developed by traditional owner groups to detail formal management arrangements for a range of issues, including hunting, and other issues of concern and interest.

Each TUMRA is a formal agreement that needs to be accredited before it can carry any authority.

Once accredited the TUMRA becomes the guide for how to manage and monitor the traditional use of marine resources activities such as:

  • fishing
  • collecting (for example shellfish)
  • hunting
  • looking after cultural and heritage sites.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility Requirements

An individual may, on behalf of a traditional owner group, apply to the Agency for accreditation of a TUMRA that covers the group.

You must be a member of the traditional owner group to be covered, and you will need to include a copy of the proposed TUMRA plus any other documentation required for the purposes of processing the application.

Funding for assistance with an application is available.

The TUMRA must:

  • Describe the area of the Marine Park in relation to which the TUMRA is to operate;
  • Identify the traditional owners covered by the TUMRA;
  • Identify the holder of the TUMRA; and
  • Include a description of the area and the traditional use of marine resources to be covered by the TUMRA, including a description of the activities proposed to be undertaken at specific locations in an area of the Marine Park;
  • Describe the animal species proposed to be harvested and, if those species include 1 or more protected species, how many specimens of each protected species is proposed to be harvested;
  • Describe the management arrangements proposed by the traditional owner group for implementation of the TUMRA, including the proposed role of the traditional owner group in ensuring compliance with the TUMRA;
  • Describe the manner in which monitoring and reporting of the traditional use of marine resources is to be conducted under the TUMRA, including the recording and reporting of information about the take of protected species; and
  • Describe the process used to develop the TUMRA by the traditional owner group, including any consultation with government authorities and other interested persons.

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




Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, Trust, Co-operative, Incorporated Association, Other

Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

Administering agency

Department of the Environment and Energy

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Great Barrier Reef Operations

Contact details

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

Enquiries, Indigenous Partnerships Group

Mailing address: GPO BOX 787
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 1800 990 177