Personal information provided by you on your Environmental Management Charge (“EMC”) charging return forms and EMC logbooks is collected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (“Reef Authority”) and protected by the Privacy Act 1988 (“Privacy Act”). The Privacy Act provides for 13 Australian Privacy Principles that regulate how we must handle your personal information.
Why we collect your personal information
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 (“the GBRMP Act”) requires us to assess and collect charges imposed by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (Environmental Management Charge – General) Act 1993 and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (Environmental Management Charge – Excise) Act 1993.
The information provided by you on the EMC charging return forms and EMC logbooks will be used to assess your liability to pay an EMC. It is a requirement under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 2019 (“the GBRMP Regulations”) for holders of chargeable permissions to give copies of the EMC logbook entries and EMC charging return forms at quarterly intervals to us (see section 230 of the GBRMP Regulations).
Failure to provide EMC logbook entries or EMC charging return forms to the Reef Authority may result in a penalty of 40 penalty units (currently $8,880); see section 39Q of the GBRMP Act.
If you make an application to us for a relevant permission, the information you provide on your EMC charging return forms and EMC logbook entries may also be used to assess your application, by enabling us to determine whether you have outstanding EMC (see section 103 of the GBRMP Regulations). We may also use this information to determine whether to suspend any relevant permission (see section 131 of the GBRMP Regulations).
Who we give your personal information to
We do not disclose personal information collected on the EMC charging return forms or EMC logbook entries to any third party or overseas entity.