Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (the Authority) is responsible for managing one of the world's premier natural resources: - the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The Authority is governed by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Board, which comprises a part-time Chairperson, the CEO, and five other part-time members. The Board has responsibility for carrying out the Authority’s functions consistent with the main object of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 - to ‘provide for the long term protection and conservation of the environment, biodiversity and heritage values of the Great Barrier Reef Region’. The Authority's primary outcome is to ensure the long-term protection, ecologically sustainable use, understanding and enjoyment of the Great Barrier Reef for all Australians and the international community through the care and development of the Marine Park. This outcome is supported by four main program areas - Providing expert knowledge to influence and advise decision makers on managing, reducing or avoiding significant threats to the Reef; Planning, regulating and ensuring compliance; Educating and fostering stewardship to enhance protection of the Reef; Enhancing Reef resilience through continuous improvement and new initiatives across all aspects of management.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    R. Management Board

  • Established By / Under

    Act / Regulation

  • Established By/Under More info

    Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975

  • Paid Members?

    Yes

  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members

    5

  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?

    Yes

  • Classification

    X. Internal Management

  • Auditor

    ANAO

  • Function Categorization

    Executive Management

  • Creation Date

    20 June 1975

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Chair Dr. Ian Poiner 29 October 2018 28 April 2023
Member Mr. Duane Fraser 3 October 2019 2 October 2024
Member Ms. Wendy Morris 7 February 2019 6 February 2024
Member Prof. Emma Johnston 5 May 2016 4 May 2021
Member Mr. David Stewart 23 July 2018 22 July 2023
Member VACANT    
CEO/Executive Director/Managing Director Mr. Joshua Thomas 18 March 2019 17 March 2024
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