Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review

The independent Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review was commissioned as part of the Coalition Government’s commitment to establish a world-class management programme for our marine parks following community concerns over a lack of consultation from Labor in 2012.  We asked two expert panels to thoroughly examine the science behind marine reserves and consult with local communities, Indigenous groups, scientists and commercial and recreational fishers.


The review received around 13,000 public submissions and held more than 260 meetings with interested groups.


Following the release of the reports of the independent Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review in September 2016, the Minister for the Environment and Energy has asked the Director of National Parks to start a public consultation process to create new management plans for Australia’s world-leading network of marine reserves.  The first consultation period closed on 31 October 2016 and feedback received is being taken into account in the development of draft management plans.


The Coalition Government has already committed $56.1 million over four years to develop and implement these management plans. Management plans will support users such as community groups, recreational and commercial fishers to ensure that all Australians have access to fresh fish, dive operators and also promote local growth in tourism and protect our unique aquatic assets.


The new management plans will reflect sound science, protection of the environment and support sustainable industries.


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