The Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan is the Australian and Queensland Government’s overarching framework for protecting and managing the Great Barrier Reef to 2050.
The Australian and Queensland governments are updating the Plan as part of the first five yearly comprehensive review.
An updated draft Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan (the Plan) was released for a six-week public consultation period from 19 August to 30 September 2020. The outcomes of this consultation will inform the finalisation of the updated Reef 2050 Plan. A final updated Plan is expected to be released in early 2021.
About the Reef 2050 Plan
Read the full Reef 2050 Plan, highlights and Reef 2050 Policy Guideline for Decision Makers. Review key documents and outputs delivered under the plan.
- Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan
- Highlights of the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan
- Reef 2050 Policy Guideline for Decision Makers
- Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan Indigenous Implementation Plan
- Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan 2017-2022
- Cumulative Impact Management Policy
- Net Benefit Policy
- Reef 2050 Plan mid-term review
Progress in implementing the Plan
Since release of the Reef 2050 Plan in 2015, the Australian and Queensland governments have made good progress in implementing the Reef 2050 Plan actions.
Detailed action-by-action progress reporting on the Reef 2050 Plan is undertaken through the Monitoring Evaluation Reporting and Improvement Tool (MERIT) website.
The Reef 2050 Plan is underpinned by an Investment Framework which establishes current investment in Reef 2050 Plan actions, determines investment priorities for the future and sets out strategies for boosting investment and diversifying its sources. The Investment Framework will guide future funding decisions for Reef 2050 Actions over the coming years.
Working together with community, industry, science and Traditional Owners is critical to the success of the Reef 2050 Plan to protect and improve the Reef. Two advisory committees are providing critical advice and ensuring we are using our resources to the best possible effect – an Independent Expert Panel and a Reef 2050 Advisory Committee.
Watch videos on the Reef 2050 Plan
To find out about some of the solutions being put in place to manage and protect the Reef, take a look at our latest videos.
Development of the Reef 2050 Plan
A unanimous UNESCO World Heritage Committee decision not to inscribe the Great Barrier Reef as in-danger, acknowledged the significant efforts undertaken by the Australian and Queensland governments in developing the Reef 2050 Plan to manage and protect our global treasure. The Reef 2050 Plan was developed with input from scientists, communities, Traditional Owners, industry and non-government organisations.