The Marine Estate Management Regulation 2009 (Regulation) is currently being reviewed
This Regulation supports the Marine Estate Management Act 2014 in the management of marine parks and aquatic reserves and a review is underway to:
- ensure all provisions are still relevant
- ensure consistency with other legislation
- determine if management provisions can be improved and/or streamlined.
The review so far has found that:
- all but one of the current provisions (see proposed amendments) are necessary to support management of marine parks and aquatic reserves
- no new regulations are required for the marine estate in general
- four proposed amendments will improve the practical operation of marine parks and aquatic reserves.
The proposed amendments will have little or no negative impacts on stakeholders orthe community and the zones, zone objectives and management rules for marine parks and aquatic reserves remain the same.
A separate project, the marine park management pilots, will look at the zones and management rules for marine parks, starting with the Solitary Islands and Batemans marine parks.
Community and stakeholder engagement is an essential part of the current regulation review and a request for feedback has now closed.
The draft Regulation and Regulatory Impact Statement were available for review and comment from 12 June to 9 July 2017. Submissions are currently being collated to assist in finalising the Regulation. Frequently asked questions and answers provide background information.
The Minister for Primary Industries and the Minister for the Environment will consider community and stakeholder views when finalising the Regulation.
- Draft Marine Estate Management Regulation 2017
- Regulatory Impact Statement
- Proposed amendments
- Frequently asked questions.
- The Marine Estate Management Act 2014 and regulations that are currently in force are available from www.legislation.nsw.gov.au.
- The Department of Primary Industries website provides more information about aquatic reserves and marine parks.
The Marine Estate Management Act 2014
The Marine Estate Management Act 2014provides for strategic and integrated management of the whole marine estate – our marine waters, coasts and estuaries.
The Act does this by:
- Providing for the management of the marine estate consistent with the principles of ecologically sustainable development.
- Establishing two advisory committees, a Marine Estate Management Authority and Marine Estate Expert Knowledge Panel.
- Requiring the development of a Marine Estate Management Strategy to address priority threats identified through threat and risk assessment.
- Facilitating the maintenance of ecological integrity, and economic, social, cultural and scientific opportunities.
- Promoting the coordination of government programs.
- Providing for a comprehensive system of marine parks and aquatic reserves.
The Act is supported by regulations that set out the rules for managing the marine estate and marine parks, and an aquatic reserve notification is in place with management rules for aquatic reserves:
management rules for aquatic reserves:
Page last updated/reviewed: 11 Jul 2017