[ Log In ]


On 12 March 2020 the Australian Government announced a $17.6 billion economic stimulus package in response to the Coronavirus and the impact that it is having on visitation to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. An overview of this package is available on the Treasury website.

Government has set aside $1 billion to support those regions and communities that have been disproportionately affected by the economic impacts of the Coronavirus, including those heavily reliant on industries such as tourism, agriculture and education.

This support includes temporary waiving of the Environmental Management Charge across all charge categories to 31 December 2020.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority understands the pressures facing the tourism industry, which is a vitally important industry to the Great Barrier Reef. The Authority is working closely with the relevant federal departments to implement the required legislative changes to enact the stimulus package as a matter of priority.

The Environmental Management Charge is required by law to continue to be collected from visitors until the legislative changes commence.

Please Note: You are still required to submit your logbooks for all 2020 Quarters, but please do not pay these charges until advised by the Authority.

The Environmental Management Charge will then not be required to be collected from visitors from commencement of legislative changes through to 31 December 2020.

It is important that permission holders continue to lodge quarterly tourism visitation data. This data is vital to industry and the management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

The Authority will make available by the end of March increased aggregated visitation data on our website including visitation data, top 10 visitation sites, and visitation by sector types (cruise ship, crewed vessel and bareboats).