History

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

2001
2002
2003
2005
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
2009
2010
2011
2013
2014
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.
  • Report Card 2014 (PDF, 4.4MB) was launched, showing that landholders were continuing to help protect the Great Barrier Reef by reducing pollutant loads entering the Reef.
2016
2017
  • Water quality end-of-catchment loads targets were set for the catchments flowing to the Great Barrier Reef for the first time.
  • The Scientific Consensus Statement was updated and expanded to include all land-based sources of water quality impacts to the Reef.
  • A program logic framework was developed to inform the development of the outcomes focused Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan 2017–2022.
  • The draft Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan 2017–2022 (PDF, 4.5MB) was released for public consultation.
  • Report Card 2016 is released which shows better targeting of investment is resulting in less pollution flowing to the Reef.
2018
Last reviewed
31 January 2019
Last updated
19 July 2018