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Australian Government Agencies

  • Many agencies and organisations contribute to the protection and management of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is responsible for casualty response and pollution prevention and managing shipping activities throughout the Great Barrier Reef region. It coordinates emergency responses to marine emergencies and marine pollution (for example oil spills).
  • The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) is Australia’s tropical marine research agency. They play a pivotal role in providing large-scale, long-term and world-class research that helps governments, industry and the wider community to make informed decisions about the management of Australia’s marine estate.
  • The Bureau of Meteorology is Australia's national weather, climate and water agency. It provides through regular forecasts, warnings, monitoring and advice spanning the Australian region and Antarctic territory.
  • The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation CSIRO is Australia's national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world.
  • The Department of the Environment and Energy develops and implements national policies, programs and legislation to protect and conserve Australia's natural environment and heritage.
  • The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources develops and implement policies and programs that ensure Australia's agricultural, fisheries, food and forestry industries remain competitive, profitable and sustainable.
  • The Department of Defence manages all defence training activities in the Great Barrier Reef region.
  • The Department of Immigration and Border Protection enforces a range of Commonwealth laws at sea and at various international entry points, including ports. Maritime Border Command provides aerial surveillance of Australian coastal waters.

Queensland Government Agencies

  • Many Queensland Government agencies and organisations also contribute to the protection and management of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is responsible for the agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries, including providing agricultural research, development and extension for the management of biological, animal welfare and product integrity risks.
  • The Department of Education is responsible for delivering world-class education services for Queenslanders at every stage of their personal and professional development. More than half of our Reef Guardian Schools are Queensland Government state schools, environmental education centres or early learning centres.
  • The Department of the Environment and Science manages the health of the environment to protect Queensland's unique ecosystems, including its landscapes and waterways, as well as its native plants and animals and biodiversity.
  • The Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural delivers infrastructure and planning services to communities across Queensland. Supports strong, sustainable and resilient local governments, along with community planning, asset management and financial management to deliver improved capability.
  • The Department of National Parks, Environment and Science manages national parks and their use and enjoyment by all Queenslanders, encourages active lifestyles by providing recreational and sporting opportunities, and manages the racing industry.
  • The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy enables the productive and responsible use of Queensland's natural resources—water, land, mineral and energy resources—and provides a modernised natural resoucres business that will power-up regional Queensland.
  • The Department of Premier and Cabinet supports and advises the Premier and Cabinet and leads the public sector in delivering the government's priorities.
  • The Department of State Development drives the economic development of Queensland by delivering on major projects and infrastructure, economic development.
  • The Department of Transport and Main Roads plans, manages and delivers Queensland's integrated transport environment to achieve sustainable transport solutions for road, rail, air and sea.
  • The Queensland Water Police enforces marine parks legislation and investigates crimes on the water.
Divers swimming near coral reef photo – Australia - © Tourism and Events Queensland
Compliance and zoning check with the Reef Authority and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service – Australia - © QPWS - Photographer: Victor Huertas
Yuku Baju TUMRA flying a drone - Australia - Commonwealth of Australia (Reef Authority)
Giant claim photo – Australia - © Tourism and Events Queensland
Coral planting and reef restoration photo - Great Barrier Reef  – Australia - © Tourism and Events Queensland
Created Sun, 2022-08-21 17:31
Updated 24 Aug 2022
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