Schedule of works

The marine estate Schedule of Works identifies priority areas of work as part of the strategic, holistic, evidence-based approach to managing the NSW marine estate – marine waters, coast and estuaries, including marine parks.

In forming advice for the Minister for Primary Industries and Minister for the Environment, the Marine Estate Management Authority (Authority) has direct access to independent expertise across economic, social and ecological sciences through the Marine Estate Expert Knowledge Panel (Knowledge Panel). The Authority and the Knowledge Panel are helping the NSW Government to focus their programs on priority issues and will oversee implementation of appropriate, innovative, cost-effective management responses to the biggest threats and risks.

The Schedule of Works will be updated periodically as work progresses. Download the Schedule of Works here (PDF, 322.34 KB).

Table 1. Priority of current marine estate projects as at January 2019

Indicative completion

Priority projects



Hawkesbury Shelf marine bioregion assessment - explore mechanisms to enhance conservation of marine biodiversity in the Hawkesbury Shelf marine bioregion (Newcastle - Sydney - Wollongong).

Discussion paper released August-September 2018. Pending final decision


Pilot new approach to marine park management planning at Batemans Marine Park and then Solitary Islands Marine Park

In progress


Input relating to the marine estate provided to NSW planning system and coastal reforms.


End of June annually

Marine Estate Management Authority’s annual report published.

Published August 2018


Marine Integrated Monitoring Program

Developed by 2019 and implemented until 2028


Implement Marine Estate Management Strategy

Ten year strategy

In progress

Table 2. Future marine estate projects

Indicative completion

Future projects



5 year statutory review of the  Marine Estate Management Act 2014



5 year review of the statewide Threat and Risk Assessment.



5 year review of Marine Estate Management Strategy implementation


Following completion & evaluation of Hawkesbury assessment

Explore mechanisms to enhance conservation of marine biodiversity in the Twofold Shelf marine bioregion (Far South Coast).


Following completion & evaluation of pilots

Timetable for reviewing management and zoning in other marine parks


Table 3. Completed marine estate projects

Completed projects


Marine Estate Management Strategy (2018-2028)

Published 16 Aug 2018

Marine Estate Management (Management Rules) Regulation 1999 amended to implement final decision regarding 10 ocean beach and headland sanctuary zones sites in four marine parks in relation to shore–based recreational line fishing.

Gazetted June 2018

Guidelines for assessing management options for the NSW marine estate

Published October 2017

NSW Marine Protected Areas Policy Statement

Published October 2017

Marine Estate Management Regulation

Remade September 2017

Statewide Threat and Risk Assessment

Published October 2017

Marine Estate Expert Knowledge Panel evaluation of processes and role in NSW marine estate management.

Published 2016
in MEMA’s annual report

Threat and risk assessment framework.

Published June 2015

Marine park advisory committees – vacant positions filled.

Appointed 2015 and ongoing

Marine Estate Management Act 2014.

December 2014

Social research, through a statewide survey to capture NSW community views on the marine estate.

Completed and published
July 2014

The Authority’s vision and principles determined, to guide management of the marine estate.

November 2013

Moratorium provisions in Marine Parks Act 1997 amended to allow for changes to zoning including alteration of sanctuary zones.

Passed Parliament August 2013

Marine Estate Management Authority’s annual progress report published.


2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Page last updated/reviewed: 21 Jan 2019