Australian Marine Parks

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.

Parks Australia is implementing seven programs to manage marine parks. Each management program includes national actions and regional actions.

The seven management programs are:

  • Communication, education and awareness program
    Actions that improve awareness, understanding and support for marine parks and park management.
  • Tourism and visitor experience program
    Actions that provide for and promote a range of environmentally appropriate, high-quality recreation and tourism experiences and contribute to Australia’s visitor economy.
  • Indigenous engagement program
    Actions that recognise and respect the ongoing cultural responsibilities of Indigenous people to care for sea country and support multiple benefits for traditional owners.
  • Marine science program
    Actions to provide necessary scientific knowledge and understanding of marine park values, pressures, and adequacy of responses for effective management.
  • Assessments and authorisations program
    Actions that provide for efficient, effective, transparent and accountable assessment, authorisation and monitoring processes to support sustainable use and protection of marine park values.
  • Park protection and management program
    Timely and appropriate preventative and restorative actions to protect natural, cultural and heritage values from impacts.
  • Compliance program
    Actions that ensure appropriate and high levels of compliance by marine parks users with the rules set out in this plan.