Wet Tropics World Heritage Protection and Management Act 1993 & subordinate legislation,Wet Tropics Management Plan 1998 - Queensland


To protect and manage the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area to ensure that Australia's obligations under the World Heritage Convention in relation to this area are met.

The Act prohibits the destruction of forest products (including timber harvesting) and certain other activities in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, unless exempted or authorised by a permit. It establishes the Wet Tropics Management Authority and provides for the Authority to prepare management plans for the area.

The following Subordinate Legislation should be examined:

  • Wet Tropics Management Plan 1998, commenced on 1 September 1998.

The following Guides or Booklets are available:

Codes of Practice are available for Water Extraction, Road Maintenance and Powerline Maintenance. Information sheets are available in relation to the Plan and user groups referred to above. Details on the Wet Tropics Management Authority website.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

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

Application process


Authorised officers have powers to monitor and enforce compliance with the Act and Plan and investigate offences. Fines and/or imprisonment may be imposed for offences.

Additional information

The Wet Tropics Management Plan 1998 prescribes details of activities which are allowed, subject to permit, or prohibited.

Appeal process


Permit applicant may request review and appeal permit decision.

Administering agency

Department of Environment and Science

Wet Tropics Management Authority

Assessments and Regulation

Contact details

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

Assessments and Regulation

Wet Tropics Management Authority

Department of Environment and Science

Operating address: Floor 1, Corporate Tower, 15 Lake Street
Cairns, Queensland 4870
Mailing address: PO Box 2050
Cairns, Queensland 4870
Phone: 07 4052 0555
Fax: 07 4031 1364
Website: Wet Tropics Management Authority (Opens in new window)