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On 6 October 2020 the Australian Government announced Budget measures to provide continued support to Great Barrier Reef Marine tourism operators significantly affected by COVID-19. The funding provides a further 6-month extension of the current waiver of the Environmental Management Charge for visitors and businesses which operate in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, to 30 June 2021. During the waiver period, permit holders must not, advertise the EMC, collect it from visitors or pay it to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

For more information about the advertising requirements during the waiver period please review Advertising.

Please Note: You are still required to submit your logbooks during this waiver period.

NIL activity returns should continue to be lodged.

It is still very important that permission holders continue to lodge quarterly tourism visitation data through the EMC Online portal exactly as you have previously done for each quarter. Understandably, the coronavirus pandemic has impacted businesses and necessary restrictions have limited trips undertaken since January 2020. This data is vital to industry and the management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.