The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) issues permits and provides advice to researchers regarding the type of permits that are required depending on the nature and impact of their research.
If your work is classified as “Limited Impact” and you provide an "As of Right" (AoR) letter stating this from your Accredited Institution, a research permit may be authorised. Professor Maria Byrne of the University of Sydney is legally accredited to issue these permits.
All other research requires a permit issued by GBRMPA. It is necessary to liaise directly with the GBRMPA for such research permits. If you have queries about the type of permit you need, check the GBRMPA site for advice on research permits. Please apply to GBRMPA at least 90 days in advance of your intended research activity.
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
PO Box 1379,
Townsville QLD 4810
Phone:+61 7 4750 0758,
Fax: +61 7 4772 6093
One Tree Island itself is a National Park and a separate permit is required for work on the rubble cay; this includes any land-based research (above the high tide mark).
For permits to conduct land-based research on One Tree Island please apply to the Queensland Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing at least 40 days in advance of your intended research activity:
Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing