Marine Parks Act 2004 - Queensland


Object or Purpose of this legislative Instrument:

To achieve effective management of marine parks by regulating and controlling activities within them.

Scope of this legislative Instrument:

The Act governs the declaration and revocation of marine parks, the activities which may be carried out within them and the usage of the term "marine park".

Under the Act zoning plans may be created for marine parks. The zoning plan specifies, for each zone within a marine park, which activities can be undertaken as of right or with a permit.

The Act provides for the issuing of permits for certain activities. The details of activities are set out in the zoning plans and Regulations, which also specify activities which are not allowed in Marine Parks or particular zones.

The following Subordinate Legislation should be examined:

  • Marine Parks (Declaration) Regulation 2006
  • Marine Parks (Great Barrier Reef Coast) Zoning Plan 2004
  • Marine Parks (Great Sandy) Zoning Plan 2017
  • Marine Parks (Moreton Bay) Zoning Plan 2008
  • Marine Parks Regulation 2017.

The following Guides or Booklets are available:

  • Moreton Bay Marine Park
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Central Section Zoning Information
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Mackay/Capricorn Section Zoning Information
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Cairns Section Zoning Information
  • Townsville/Whitsunday Marine Park Zoning Plan
  • Mackay/Capricorn Marine Park Zoning Plan
  • Hervey Bay Marine Park Zoning Plan.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Additional information

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the area of State Marine Park adjoining it are subject to joint management by the State and Commonwealth.


Appeal process


Compliance Mechanisms and Penalties:

Breaches of the Act may result in fines being imposed by the courts as well as forfeiture of equipment associated with the breach.

Review or Appeal Mechanisms:

Decisions relating to applications for permits under the Marine Parks Act 2004 may be appealed initially by internal review or subsequently by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Administering agency

Department of Environment and Science

Contact details

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

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing

Mailing address: PO Box 15187
Phone: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
Website: Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing (Opens in new window)