The Director of National Parks has issued a general approval for all new areas added to the Commonwealth marine reserve estate in the South-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network.
Activities must be carried out in accordance to the conditions under the general approval.
A management plan for the South-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network has been developed in accordance with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). This plan provides for the protection and conservation of each reserve by setting out how it will be managed, what activities will be allowed or prohibited and how this will be done. The management plan will address key aspects of management over the life of the plan (10 years). The management plan for the South-west Network will come into effect on 1 July 2014.