The Reef 2050 Plan is based on scientific research, analysis and lessons learnt over four decades of management. It is a flexible framework that is reviewed every five years. This ensures that the plan remains current and addresses emerging issues equipped with the latest knowledge and science. A mid-term review was also completed in 2018.

In response to the first five-yearly review, the Australian and Queensland governments released the Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan 2021-2025 in December 2021.

The Plan was developed with advice from the Reef 2050 Plan Independent Expert Panel, Reef 2050 Advisory Committee, a group of Traditional Owners and input from an open public consultation process.

The Reef 2050 Plan’s vision for the Reef in 2050 is that: The Great Barrier Reef is sustained as a living natural and cultural wonder of the world

The updated plan is available at