Australian Marine Parks

Transitional management arrangements apply in Macquarie Island Marine Park and the other 13 marine parks of the South-east Marine Parks Network, until a new management plan for the Network is prepared and comes into effect. Please visit Macquarie Island Marine Park transitional management arrangements and South-east Marine Parks transitional management arrangements for more information.

Transitional management arrangements apply in Christmas Island Marine Park and Cocos (Keeling) Islands Marine Park until management plans for these marine parks are prepared and come into effect. Please visit the transitional management arrangements page for more information.

There are certain rules that control activities in Australian Marine Parks.

Commercial approvals

The following links contain information on the approvals required for commercial activities conducted in Australian Marine Parks.


Apply for a licence

Other approvals

Marine parks provide incredible experiences for visitors, including; boating, fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling and nature watching. Rules apply to these activities, including where and how they can be conducted.

How can I be involved in marine park management?

We need your help to manage our marine parks.

This means working together to better understand and protect our marine parks. This may include installing moorings, conducting community science, and monitoring and cleaning up marine debris.

Network advisory committees are one way to be involved in marine park management, but there may be others.

Contact us to find out more information.

We welcome your ideas on how you want to be involved.