Schedule of works

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. Download the Schedule of Works here (PDF, 189.81 KB).

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

Indicative completion

Priority projects



Marine Estate Management Strategy (2018-2028) implementation

Ten-year strategy

being implemented


Marine Integrated Monitoring Program (MIMP) implementation

Being implemented


Marine park management planning - pilot new approach at Batemans Marine Park and Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park

In progress


Marine Estate Management Act 2014 – five-year statutory review

Targeted stakeholder consultation July – Sept 2020 – finalisation of review Dec 2020

Table 2. Future marine estate major programs

Indicative completion

Future projects


Following completion of marine park pilots

Marine park management planning - timetable for reviewing management in other marine parks



Statewide Threat and Risk Assessment – five-year review



Marine Estate Management Strategy implementation – five-year review


Table 3. Completed marine estate programs and outputs

Completed projects


Marine park advisory committees – vacant positions filled

Appointed March 2020

Marine Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the MIMP

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

Page last updated/reviewed: 16 Oct 2020