The University of Queensland (UQ) has been accredited by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) - see Memorandum of Understanding.  This accreditation allows UQ  to approve applications to conduct limited impact research (extractive or non-extractive) on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

NOTE: Approval process is only available to University of Queensland staff and current graduate students.  Non staff members must apply direct to GBRMPA. TEACHING PERMITS for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park can only be issued by the Department of Environment and Resource Management through their Rockhampton Office.

Assessing the type of permit needed

Permit ChartPermit types available

  1. High Impact/Invasive Research

    These permits are issued by GBRMPA themselves and applications must be made directly to GBRMPA, via their web site www.gbrmpa.gov.au/zoning-permits-and-plans/permits, or via post PO Box 1379, TOWNSVILLE QLD 4810.  Please access the web site as above for full definition of high impact/invasive research, application details and forms etc. and submit directly to GBRMPA.
     
  2. Limited Impact Research (extractive or non-extractive)

    From www.gbrmpa.gov.au/zoning-permits-and-plans/permits/research-permits-advice-to-researchers. In order to determine which category of extractive and/or non-extractive research please refer to information below.  Once category is established, work through the flow chart and this will determine whether you require a letter of authority or GBRMPA permit.

These permits are issued by permit officers located in Faculties/Centres/Institutes at UQ under an accreditation scheme. Contact marine@uq.edu.au.

Limited Impact Research can be of two types; non-extractive and extractive. In general, the major differences between extractive and non-extractive Limited Impact Research are the following (assuming that the research is conducted in accordance with the accreditation and an Environmental Management Plan [EMP], where required):
 

Extractive

The taking of an animal, plant or marine product by limited research sampling; or
Installation and operation of minor research aids (see Table 2, below) (that do not pose a threat to safety or navigation and are installed and used in accordance with the limitations set out in the minor research aids list below)

Non - Extractive

No extraction of any animal, plant or marine products
Includes visual surveys (except of cetaceans which requires a permit)
Includes social research that does not involve the conduct of archaeological excavations

 

Table 2: Summary table of limited impact collection limits based on the species tables in the GBRMP Regulations

Category

Table Number in Regulations

Annual limit per research project

Per location/site

1

19-1 (part 2)

20

5

2

19-1 (part 3)

50, and none longer than 1000mm

10

3

19-1 (part 4)

50

10

4

19-1 (part 5)

500

100

5 (plant species)

19-2

200

50

6

In the case of an animal species other than a species mentioned or referred to in the limited impact collection limit tables, no more than 200 specimens in total and no more than 50 specimens per location are to be taken or collected per research project per calendar year

NOTE: For the purposes of limited impact research a location is defined as a discrete, identified reef, or a continuous non-reef area of up to 10 square kilometres. Site means an area of 3,000 square meters within a location.

Limited Impact Research Sampling:

  • The taking is done by hand or by the use of a hand-held implement that is not motorised nor pneumatically nor hydraulically operated; or
  • by the use of a minor research aid (see table 3 http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/zoning-permits-and-plans/permits/research-permits-advice-to-researchers)
  • Explosives or chemicals are not to be used
  • In the case of an animal species mentioned in the limited impact research collection tables in the GBRMP Regulations there are set amounts which can be collected per location and in total per research project per calendar year
  • In the case of an animal species mentioned or referred to in Part 1 of Table 19-1 (http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/zoning-permits-and-plans/permits/research-permits-advice-to-researchers), no specimens are taken or collected
  • In the case of a plant species referred to in the limited impact research collection tables, no more than the number of specimens permitted by Queensland Fisheries legislation.
  • No more than 20 litres of wet sediment is taken or collected per research project per calendar year
  • No more than 100 litres of seawater is taken or collected per research project per calendar year
  • The relevant laws of the Commonwealth and Queensland must be complied with.

 

Application Form

Please allow up to two weeks for staff to process your application.

To apply for a limited impact research permit, download and complete the application form.

If you need to modify an existing accreditation please download and complete the modification form.

When your research project is finalised, please download and complete the completion form

If you have any questions, or would like your draft application reviewed before signing by your Head of School, call (ext 32071) or email Lucy Hurrey. Signed scanned copies of the application should be emailed to Lucy Hurrey.