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The Reef Knowledge System is the ‘first stop shop’ for up-to-date information about the Reef that anyone can access online. 


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This page will help you navigate the Reef Knowledge System and get the most out of your experience with the website. If you are still having trouble getting started with the Reef Knowledge System, check our frequently asked questions page or contact us – we are happy to help.


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Explores agreements, protected areas, and Acts recognising the rights and interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


Showcases some of the management planning, programs and projects lead or supported by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


A variety of strategies and guidelines help organisations and Traditional Owners work together to care for the Great Barrier Reef.

Research and monitoring

Showcases some of the research and monitoring programs lead or supported by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Reef 2050 Plan

Describes the Australian and Queensland governments’ Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan (Reef 2050 Plan).


Eye on the Reef

Describes the Eye on the Reef monitoring and assessment program and provides its privacy impact assessment.


Science and Knowledge Needs

Displays the Reef Authority’s priority information needs and knowledge gaps. It focuses on long-term Reef management and protection.


Core monitoring programs

Provides a collection of core monitoring programs under the Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program (RIMReP).


RIMReP reports

Presents a collection of Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program (RIMReP) reports published in 2020.

This page is a catalogue of reports, resources, and tools developed by agencies and organisations external to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority that relate to the objectives of the Reef 2050 plan. These external resources have been curated to support evidence-based Reef management. 

This page is a search engine tool for Great Barrier Reef metadata and other information such as data and reports. Information from the Data tool can be downloaded (where source providers allow it), exported or printed. Search terms can be refined using options on the side menu. Spatial data found using this tool can also be viewed (where spatial information is available and is compatible with Australian information standards).

This tool is still in development and will evolve over time.

This page contains a collection of dashboards. A dashboard is a visual tool that provides an ‘at-a-glance’ view of a dataset. A dashboard is usually made up of a collection of graphs, maps or text that helps users monitor, measure, or analyse data and insights. 

Reef Knowledge System dashboards cover a range of topics, from tourism to scientific monitoring programs.

This page contains a collection of interactive maps of the Great Barrier Reef from various sources, including the Reef Authority.

Updated 30 Aug 2022
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The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority acknowledges the expertise, wisdom, and enduring connections that have informed the guardianship of the Reef for millennia. We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners as the first managers of this land and sea, and value their traditional knowledge which continues to inform the current management and stewardship of the Reef for future generations.