Australian Marine Parks

Through the Ocean Discovery and Restoration Program, Parks Australia and the Director of National Parks are seeking to co-contribute with partners to deliver discovery and restoration projects important to science, industry, Traditional Owners, park managers and the community, to improve understanding and sustainable management of our Australian Marine Parks.

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Ocean Discovery and Restoration Program

The Australian Government has committed $15 million over 4 years for partnerships in ocean discovery and restoration. 

Parks Australia is uniquely placed to enable access to some of our country’s most remote and wild island and ocean places. However, we need partners to help us realise the potential that can be made in ground-breaking conservation efforts, through support for innovation, access to research vessels, and promotion and delivery of good ideas and on-ground outcomes. 

If you or your organisation are interested in partnering with the Director of National Parks under this program, please consider the guidance documents below and contact us at  

The Process 

Parks Australia has developed a range of documents to guide you through the process. The first document, the Partnership Call: Australian Marine Parks Ocean Discovery and Restoration Program, provides important information about the process to co-contribute (financial or in-kind) to a project with Parks Australia. 

There are two key ways in which you can look to partner with the Director of National Parks under this Program. 

  1. You may be interested in co-contributing to one of the identified priority proposals by the Director of National Parks; these priority proposals are referred to as Parks Proposals in the Partnership Call. Any additional Parks Proposals will be published on this website as they are agreed. 

  2. Alternatively, you are invited to bring forward your own priority proposal for consideration by the Director of National Parks. Proposals bought forward by partners are referred to as Partner Proposals in the Partnership Call.  

In addition to the Partnership Call, the Guide for Potential Partners when completing a Detailed Proposal and Proposal Form steps you through this process. 

Organisations interested in co-contributing under this Program and have not yet submitted an application, are encouraged to contact Parks Australia via email: before submission. 

Approved Projects and Funding 

A list of Approved Projects and the corresponding funds committed by the Director of National Parks are below. Additionally, the total program funding for the remaining Proposals will be regularly updated on this page and will decrease by the value of each Approved Project. The remaining funds available for partnerships are listed in the table below.  

Parks Australia and the Director of National Parks (DNP) wish to inform the public, business entities, philanthropists, and research organisations of the opportunities provided by the Oceans Discovery and Restoration program (ODR) to protect Australia’s marine environment. The program aims to promote collaborative efforts to conserve and restore the marine biodiversity in remote and wild island and ocean places.  

This Partnership Call will remain open until all program funding has been provided through a collaborative agreement; or the Director of National Parks considers that the Program Outcomes have been met; or the Program is no longer required. Interested organisations who are intending on submitting an application and are yet to do so, are encouraged to email to initiate partnering discussions.  

Table of Available Funding 

PartnerApprovalAmount ContributedFunds Remaining
The Minderoo FoundationFeb 2023$3.4 mil inc GST$11.6 mil
CSIROJune 2023$1.88 mil inc GST$9.72 mil
AIMSJuly 2023$2.75 mil inc GST$6.97 mil

The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) - July 2023 

This project will utilise the ongoing research conducted in the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP) and the Australian Coral Reef Resilience Initiative (ACRRI) to benefit Australian Marine Parks. The project aims to promote innovative approaches to problem solving and access complementary resources and expertise to build resilience in Australia’s iconic offshore reefs. 

Oceanic reefs have high levels of coral biodiversity and unique genetic diversity but are more susceptible to biodiversity loss and degradation due to their isolation and varying levels of resilience to climate change. The high-quality project outcomes will have broader applications and can be utilised by governments, industry, and research sectors to support informed marine management decisions. 

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) - June 2023 

This project will provide Parks Australia with a powerful means to harness cutting-edge monitoring technologies, facilitating the description, management, and conservation of species and habitats across Australia’s 60 marine parks, and beyond.  

This ground-breaking initiative will facilitate the creation of high-quality and compatible survey findings that can be utilised by the government, industry, and research sectors, supporting informed management decisions in Australian marine parks. The introduction of eDNA-based biomonitoring will lead to comprehensive inventories of marine invertebrates, macroalgae and seagrasses, park biodiversity, including threatened and invasive species. This fast, standardised, and cost-effective monitoring approach is crucial for effectively managing these vast, diverse, and internationally significant Marine Parks. 

The Minderoo Foundation - February 2023

The Minderoo Foundation will develop and implement genomic tools that enable rapid collection and processing of data on marine biodiversity. This will involve the deployment of eDNA technologies to characterise the biodiversity and species distribution in the north-west, south-west, and Indian Ocean Territory marine park networks. The project aims to provide data to identify the distribution of genetic diversity, species health, vulnerable ecosystems, and invasive species. It will also serve as a ‘proof of concept’ that eDNA can be a cost-effective way to monitor biodiversity in Australia’s large and remote marine parks, as compared to other marine sampling techniques. 

Partnership Call: Australian Marine Parks Ocean Discovery and Restoration Program

Guide for Potential Partners when completing a Detailed Proposal

Detailed proposal form

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