Working together

The Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan is a joint commitment of the Australian and Queensland governments. It incorporates and supports the actions of industry, community groups, Traditional Owners and government that impact on Reef health and links with a number of other legislative and planning initiatives.

The Australian and Queensland governments are investing almost $615 million from 2017–2018 to 2021–2022 to improve water quality entering the Reef. This includes almost $260 million in Queensland Government funding through the Queensland Reef Water Quality Program and over $355 million from the Australian Government including funding through the Reef Trust.

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. An example is the $45 million Great Barrier Reef Gully and Streambank Joint Program involving governments, the private sector, conservation groups, research institutions, regional natural resource management bodies and industry groups. The program is remediating gullies and streambanks to significantly reduce the amount of sediment reaching the Reef.

Partnerships across all sectors at all levels are the key to making progress towards the water quality targets. This includes working with Traditional Owners for whom the Great Barrier Reef forms an integral part of their culture and identity.

Government

Regional Natural Resource Management bodies

Industry

Research groups

Conservation and community groups

Charities

Last reviewed
31 January 2019
Last updated
20 November 2018