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History

This table explains the history behind the development of the updated Reef Water Quality Protection Plan released in 2009.

2001

The Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Council accepted a report by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority on the decline in water quality in the Great Barrier Reef and the importance and urgency in addressing the issue.

2002

An independent panel of experts prepared A Report on the Study of Land Sourced Pollutants and their Impacts on Water Quality in and adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef (PDF, 3.1M).

2002

The Productivity Commission examined and evaluated a number of policy options to address declining water quality entering the reef.

2003

The Reef Water Quality Protection Plan (PDF, 1.8M) was released for public consultation. Following this consultation, the plan was revised and endorsed by the Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Council.

2005

An audit of Reef Plan was conducted by Howard Partners Pty Ltd and the report formed the basis of the Report to the Prime Minister and Premier of Queensland – Progress to Date, Challenges and Future Directions (PDF, 3.5M).

2007

A Reef Water Quality Partnership was established between regional natural resource management organisations and the Australian and Queensland Governments to enable coordinated, scientifically robust and collaborative target setting, monitoring and reporting arrangements.

2008

A task force of scientists advised what scientific advances had been made in understanding reef water quality issues in the Scientific Consensus Statement on Water Quality in the Great Barrier Reef (PDF, 1.9M) and said that current management interventions were not effectively solving the problem.

2008

A Reefocus Summit was held to seek stakeholder views on an updated Reef Plan.

2009

The Reef Water Quality Protection Plan 2009 (PDF, 2.4M) was endorsed by the Australian and Queensland Governments.

2010

An audit of Reef Plan (PDF, 591K) was conducted by Lloyd Consulting which showed that progress on actions was positive.

2011

The First Report Card was released, setting the 2009 baseline against which progress would be measured.

2013

The 2010 Report Card was released, showing good progress towards targets.

2013

The Scientific Consensus Statement was updated by leading scientists with the latest information to inform future management.

2013

Release of the 2011 Report Card, showing continued positive progress towards targets.

2013

The Reef Water Quality Protection Plan 2013 was endorsed by the Australian and Queensland Governments.

2014

Release of Report Card 2012 and 2013, showing that positive trends in land management practice change are translating into reductions of key pollutants.

2015

The Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan was launched by the Australian and Queensland governments, articulating an overarching framework to protecting the Outstanding Universal Value of the Great Barrier Reef including additional actions on water quality.

2015

Report Card 2014 was launched, showing that landholders were continuing to help protect the Great Barrier Reef by reducing pollutant loads entering the Reef.

2016

The Great Barrier Reef Water Science Taskforce handed down its final report, advising the Queensland Government how to achieve its ambitious water quality targets.

2016

Report Card 2015 was launched outlining progress and areas where more focus was required.

2017

Water quality end-of-catchment loads targets were set for the catchments flowing to the Great Barrier Reef for the first time.

2017

The Scientific Consensus Statement was updated and expanded to include all land-based sources of water quality impacts to the Reef.

2017

A program logic framework was developed to inform the development of the outcomes focused Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan 2017–2022.

2017

The draft Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan 2017–2022 (PDF, 4.5M) was released for public consultation.

2017

Report Card 2016 is released which shows better targeting of investment is resulting in less pollution flowing to the Reef.

2018

The Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan 2017–2022 (PDF, 3.6M) was endorsed by the Australian and Queensland governments.

Last updated
19 July 2018

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