Australian Marine Parks

It’s your passion and commitment that will make marine parks work for everyone.

From citizen science, to cleaning up marine debris, to educating the next generation, to helping everyone follow the rules, we need you!

Draft management plans

Between 21 July and 20 September 2017, the Director of National Parks invited feedback on draft management plans for 44 marine parks. These draft plans set out how we will manage marine parks in the North, North-west, South-west, Temperate East and the Coral Sea over the next 10 years.

The Director received over 80,000 submissions about the draft plans and is now considering your feedback, before providing final plans to the Minister for the Environment and Energy for consideration and approval.

Click here to see how your feedback is informing the plans

Renaming marine parks

Between 21 July and 20 September 2017, the Director also consulted on a proposal to rename marine reserves to marine parks. Sixteen submissions were received about this proposal – some supporting the renaming and some opposing it.

The Director’s view is that the term ‘marine parks’ is more recognisable and better aligned with the naming of state and Northern Territory parks. The Minister for the Environment and Energy considered public feedback on the proposal and the Director’s view.

On 11 October 2017, the names of 58 Commonwealth marine reserves were changed to marine parks.

Click here to see comments about the renaming

Get on board

We’ll be establishing advisory committees with local experts – one way you can be directly involved in marine park management.

Check out the draft management plans to see how we’re proposing to set up these committees.