Report

Management of the Great Barrier Reef

3 September 2014

© Commonwealth of Australia 2014
ISBN 978-1-76010-068-1

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Committee membership (PDF 58KB)
Recommendations (PDF 40KB)
Abbreviations and Acronyms (PDF 11KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 27KB)

Referral of the inquiry
Conduct of the inquiry
Acknowledgement
Notes on references
Structure of the report

Chapter 2 - Background (PDF 344KB)

About the Great Barrier Reef
Legal framework
Background—World Heritage Committee concerns
Plans, policies and strategies relating to the Great Barrier Reef
Other relevant reports

Chapter 3 - The Science: Health of the Great Barrier Reef (PDF 187KB)

Decline of the reef
Reasons behind the decline
Scientific work underpinning decision-making

Chapter 4 - The impact of land-based activity on the health of the reef (PDF 198KB)

Introduction
Run-off caused by broad-scale land use
Management of the impacts of run-off caused by broad-scale land use
Impacts from non-agricultural activities

Chapter 5 - Managing ports in the Great Barrier Reef region (PDF 222KB)

General overview of concerns
Ports in the Great Barrier Reef region
Impacts of ports, dredging and dredge spoil disposal

Chapter 6 - Port case studies: Gladstone Harbour and Abbot Point (PDF 243KB)

Gladstone Harbour
Abbot Point

Chapter 7 - Management of shipping in the Great Barrier Reef (PDF 109KB)

Trends in shipping traffic through the reef
Management and regulatory measures in relation to shipping
Impacts of increased shipping

Chapter 8 - Governance and management arrangements (PDF 226KB)

General comments on the overall management of the Great Barrier Reef
Role and resourcing of GBRMPA
Coordination and cooperation between governments
Decision-making processes
Strategic Assessments and the Long-Term Sustainability Plan

Chapter 9 - Conclusions and recommendations (PDF 93KB)

Dredging and dredge disposal
Strategic Assessments and Long-Term Sustainability Plan
Science underpinning the management of the Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Climate change
Water quality and catchment management
Shipping
Governance and decision-making processes

Coalition Senators' Dissenting Report (PDF 59KB)
Australian Greens – Additional Comments (PDF 53KB)
Appendix 1 - Submissions, tabled documents, additional information and answers to questions taken on notice (PDF 24KB)

Submissions
Tabled documents
Additional information
Answers to questions taken on notice

Appendix 2 - Public Hearings (PDF 14KB)

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia

Phone: +61 2 6277 3526
Fax: +61 2 6277 5818
Email: ec.sen@aph.gov.au

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3526
Fax: +61 2 6277 5818
ec.sen@aph.gov.au