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Schedule of works

Published 21 October 2021

The Marine Estate Management Authority’s 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 Ministers responsible for the marine estate, 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 to the NSW marine estate, and to monitor progress and outcomes.

The Schedule of Works will be updated periodically as work progresses.

Table 1. Priority of current marine estate programs and key outputs

Indicative completion

Priority programs



Marine park advisory committees – vacant positions filled

In progress


Marine park management planning – develop a Network Management Plan (NMP) for five mainland marine parks

In progress


Marine Integrated Monitoring Program – finalise framework documents to guide monitoring and fill knowledge gaps (Community Wellbeing Framework and Environmental Condition Framework)

In progress


Marine park management planning – development of management rules to implement the final NMP

Pending finalisation of Network Management Plan


Marine park network management planning – develop a management plan for Lord Howe Island marine park

Pending finalisation of NMP


Statewide Threat and Risk Assessment – five-year review

In progress – agency consultation commenced


Marine Estate Management Strategy implementation – five-year health check

In progress – planning scope of health check


Marine Estate Management Strategy (2018-2028) implementation

Ten-year strategy

being implemented


Marine Integrated Monitoring Program (MIMP) implementation

Being implemented

Table 2. Completed marine estate programs and outputs

Completed projects


Aboriginal Maritime Safety Plan

Published 2021

Marine Estate Management Strategy - Implementation Plan 2020-2021

Published March 2021

Marine Estate Management Act 2014 – five-year statutory review

Completed 2020

(tabled Parliament 17 December)

Marine Integrated Monitoring Program Evaluation Framework

Published December 2019

Marine Estate Management Strategy - Implementation Plan 2018-2020

Published October 2019

Maritime Infrastructure Plan 2019-2024

Released December 2018

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

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 Estate Management Act 2014

Commenced December 2014

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

Published July 2014

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

Published 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