Australian Marine Parks

The Our Marine Parks Grants Program supports organisations to engage in the management of Australian Marine Parks.

Our Marine Parks Grants – Round three

Up to 30 projects worth $8.6 million have been selected for funding under the third round of the Australian Government’s Our Marine Parks Grants program.

Twenty-four organisations across the country including research institutions, Aboriginal organisations, regional community groups, the tourism sector, and commercial fishing organisations will deliver grant activities that improve knowledge of Australian Marine Park values and contribute to the vision, objectives and 10-year outcomes across the management programs identified in the Australian Marine Parks management plans.

The Round Three recipients will make a positive and significant contribution to the management of Australian Marine Parks through projects that:

  • enable Traditional Owners across Australian Marine Parks to have greater involvement in managing, mapping and recording knowledge of Sea Country, along with employing and training Indigenous Rangers
  • help in the recovery of threatened species that call Australian Marine Parks home, such as research of the Gould’s petrel, humpback whale and sea snakes
  • invest in tourism attractions to connect the public with our unique but remote offshore marine parks.

Round Three grants have been offered to the following projects and organisations:

  • Understanding and securing the range extension of the Gould’s petrel in two Marine Parks, Australia’s rarest endemic seabird - Birdlife Australia
  • ‘Sea Country – Important to us all’: A documentary series - Blyth Family Trust
  • Building Yamatji Nation marine park management capabilities - Bundi Yamatji Aboriginal Corporation
  • Coral Sea Marine Park Discovery Centre Stage 2 - Cairns Aquarium & Reef Research Centre Pty Ltd
  • Looking after Sea Country - Understanding and protecting the values of Arnhem Marine Park and Djelk Indigenous Protected Area - Charles Darwin University
  • Discovering the biodiversity and ecological health of reefs in the Kimberley Marine Park with Uunguu Rangers and Traditional Owners - Curtin University
  • Apollo Marine Park habitat mapping, biodiversity assessment, and capacity building in Indigenous Sea Country management - Deakin University
  • Whale Dreaming in our Marine Parks - Billiaum Whale Dreaming Ltd
  • Satellite mapping of bathymetry and habitats of Ashmore Reef and Cartier Island Marine Parks - EOMAP Australia Pty Ltd
  • Sustainable waste management to support Norfolk Marine Park tourism - Flinders University
  • Marine Stewardship Council Certification: Assessment of the Great Australian Bight Trawl Fishery - Great Australian Bight Fishing Industry Association Inc

  • The Jewel in the Crown - the cultural and ecological significance of Ashmore and Boot Reef - James Cook University
  • Reef lagoon benthic habitat mapping in the Coral Sea Marine Park – James Cook University
  • Mayala Brue Reef Project - Kimberley Land Council Aboriginal Corporation
  • Ngurraa Ngiyambandigay Gaagal (Sharing our Sea Country) - Ngiyambandigay Wajaarr Aboriginal Corporation
  • Virtual cattle fencing to protect water quality at Emily and Slaughter Bays, Norfolk Island - Norfolk Island Regional Council
  • Building capacity of Kimberley Indigenous saltwater people to contribute to the management of North-west marine parks- Nyamba Buru Yawuru Ltd
  • Protecting humpback whales of the Temperate East Marine Parks - Ocean Watch Australia Limited
  • Apollo Marine Park knowledge building and infrastructure project - Southern Otway Landcare Network Inc
  • Enhancing the public’s connection to and engagement with the natural and cultural values of the Southern Oceans and Antarctica- Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
  • Reducing and recording data on marine debris in the Coral Sea Marine Park - Tangaroa Blue Foundation Ltd
  • Role of Australian Marine Parks in connecting and conserving sea snake populations across northern Australia - University of Adelaide
  • Understanding seabird and marine mammal use of Macquarie Island Marine Park - University of Tasmania
  • Discovering the role of rare and endangered marine predators in the Tasman Fracture Marine Park- University of Tasmania
  • A communication catalogue for biodiversity assets in Australia’s southern Marine Parks - University of Tasmania
  • Murujuga Sea Country discovery - cultural, socio-economic, and biodiversity values of the Dampier Marine Park – University of Western Australia
  • Drones in the deep - demonstrating low-cost and novel mini Autonomous Underwater Vehicles to map deep biodiversity within Australian Marine Parks - University of Western Australia
  • Exploring the deepest parts of Australian Marine Parks - University of Western Australia
  • Wudjari Sea Country Discovery - Cultural, socio-economic and biodiversity values in parts of Eastern Recherche and South-west Corner Marine Parks - University of Western Australia
  • Rediscovering the Ancient Land Bridge of Eastern Bass Strait - Wind & Sky Productions Pty Ltd

A full summary of projects will be published on this page following the finalisation of grants agreements with organisations.

Previous rounds of Our Marine Parks Grants

Rounds one and two of the Our Marine Parks program saw a combined investment of $11 million into 34 projects and the delivery of some outstanding marine conservation outcomes. These include increased engagement in the management of Australian Marine Parks, improved sustainability of fishing practices, and improved knowledge of Australian Marine Parks.

Find out more about our successful grant recipients:

See a snapshot of grants from rounds one and two