Great Barrier Reef


14 Feb 2019

An inquiry into the 2018-19 Budget measure, the Great Barrier Reef 2050 Partnership Program.


16 Jan 2019

The objective of the audit was to assess whether the award of a $443.3 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation was informed by appropriate departmental advice and a thorough processes that complied with the grants administration framework.

Discussion paper

6 Sep 2018

This paper explores the fossil fuel divestment movement and, on the other side of the coin, the fossil free investment movement. In addition to the benefit of aligning investments with an organisation’s purpose, it finds the returns available on local and international fossil free investment...


20 Jul 2018

This updated reef plan, released by the Australian and Queensland governments, is the overarching framework for protecting and managing the Great Barrier Reef until 2050.


5 Jul 2018

This report shows how the Great Barrier Reef could be hit with repeat coral bleaching events every two years by 2034, under current greenhouse gas pollution rates.


26 Jun 2018

This follow-up audit examines whether departments have effectively implemented the recommendations made in Managing water quality in Great Barrier Reef catchments.


10 May 2018

Like reefs all over the world, the Great Barrier Reef is under pressure. A big challenge demands a big response and, during the International Year of the Reef 2018, the Australian government is investing an additional half a billion dollars in its health and resilience....

Draft report

30 Aug 2017

This draft plan will guide how industry, government and the community will work together to improve the quality of water flowing to the Great Barrier Reef.


26 Jun 2017

As the planet’s largest living structure and one of the world’s most complex and diverse natural ecosystems, the Great Barrier Reef is justifiably considered both priceless and irreplaceable. But what is it worth?


18 May 2017

This report outlines why opening up the Galilee Basin for coal mining is fundamentally at odds with global efforts to tackle climate change effectively and protect Australia from the dangerous impacts of climate change.

Journal article

15 May 2017

This article demonstrates that existing model simulations provide a basis for rapid and rigorous analysis of the effects of different levels of warming on large-scale climate extremes, using Australia as a case study.


21 Feb 2017

The Great Barrier Reef Independent Review Group (the Reef Review Group) prepared this report to provide an independent analysis of the Australian and Queensland governments’ progress in implementing the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan (Reef 2050 Plan).

We have reviewed the 2016 Reef 2050...


29 Nov 2016

This supplement by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) to the interim report provides an update on current Reef-wide surveys being conducted by GBRMPA and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. This second round of in-water reef health and impact surveys commenced in...


30 Sep 2016

This report includes the preliminary results of in-water reef health and impact surveys conducted by GBRMPA and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. The surveys provided a rapid assessment of the spatial extent and severity of the 2016 mass coral bleaching event in the Great...

Annual Report

27 Sep 2016

This is the first Annual Report for the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan (Reef 2050 Plan).

It summarises implementation of the Plan from its launch in March 2015 until mid-2016. This report is combined with the third Reef 2050 Implementation Strategy, which looks forward...



12 Aug 2016

In 2015, the Australian and Queensland governments agreed on targets to greatly reduce the sediment and nutrient pollutants flowing onto the Great Barrier Reef.

What we do on land has a real impact out on the reef: sediments can smother the corals, while high...


20 Jun 2016


Based on surveys of Chinese, UK, American and domestic tourists, results show that tourism areas adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef risk losing over 1 million visitors per year, worth over $1 billion in tourism expenditure. This expenditure supports around 10,000 tourism...


10 Jun 2016

Australia’s World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef is Australia’s most treasured natural asset.

The Reef is the largest living structure on the planet and is one of its most complex natural ecosystems. It is rightly valued by the Australian and international community as a...


20 May 2016

To protect the Great Barrier Reef the Queensland Government has set ambitious targets of reducing nitrogen by up to 80% sediment by up to 50% by 2025 in key catchments such as the Wet Tropics and Burdekin. The Queensland Government has committed to invest an...


13 Aug 2015

Audit objective and criteria

The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s regulation of permits and approvals within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

To form a conclusion against this objective, the...



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