Australian Marine Parks

Friday 16 July 2021

Today, Parks Australia has released the draft proposal for the establishment of Australian Marine Parks in the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean Territories.

The Proposal for the establishment of marine parks in Australia’s Indian Ocean Territories (IOT) (Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands) describes the designs (including area, location and zoning) of the proposed marine parks and the information used to design them.

The proposed marine parks provide for the protection and conservation of biodiversity and other natural, cultural and heritage values and aim to minimise or avoid social and economic impacts on local communities and other users of these waters.

The draft proposal will be available for public comment until 13 August 2021.

To view the proposal and for more information visit