The Reef Water Quality Protection Plan 2013 (Reef Plan) is a joint commitment of the Australian and Queensland Governments. It incorporates and supports the actions of industry, community groups and government that impact on reef health and links with a number of other legislative and planning initiatives.
As part of the release of Reef Plan 2013, the Australian and Queensland Governments collectively committed a further $375 million over five years. This is primarily being delivered through the Australian Government's Reef Programme including Reef Trust and the Queensland Government's best management practice programs, extension and education, and broader reef water quality initiatives. In early 2015, both governments committed a further $100 million each.
A number of committees have been established to help ensure a coordinated and cohesive approach to implementation, and appropriate commitment of resources to actions.
Reducing the impacts of land use on reef water quality is not solely the responsibility of governments. A wide range of organisations and landholders have an interest and role in improving water quality flowing to the reef.
- Australian Government - Department of the Environment
- Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
- Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
- Queensland Government - Department of the Premier and Cabinet
- Queensland Government - Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
- Queensland Government - Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
- Queensland Government - Department of Natural Resources and Mines
- Queensland Government – Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing
- Queensland Government - Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation
- Queensland Government - Department of State Development
- Queensland Government – Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning
- Local Government Association of Queensland
Regional Natural Resource Management bodies
- Cape York Natural Resource Management (Cape York region)
- Burnett Mary Regional Group (Burnett Mary region)
- Fitzroy Basin Association (Fitzroy region)
- NQ Dry Tropics (Burdekin region)
- Reef Catchments (Mackay Whitsunday region)
- Terrain Natural Resource Management (Wet Tropics region)
- Queensland Farmers’ Federation
- Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation
- Fertiliser Australia
- Cotton Australia
- Australian Institute of Marine Science
- The University of Queensland
- James Cook University
- Reef and Rainforest Research Centre
- Great Barrier Reef Foundation