Economic contribution of the Great Barrier Reef March 2013

Deloitte Access Economics, 2013

About this study

The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to undertake a study of the economic contribution of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area to the Australian economy.

This project is an update to a previous study undertaken by Access Economics on the economic contribution of the Great Barrier Reef in 2006/07. It provides information on the economic benefits of reef-dependent industries that may be used to inform decision making.

The study examines the economic contribution of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area for specified reef-dependent industries and activities, including tourism, recreation, commercial fishing and scientific research. It also provides a breakdown of the economic contribution by natural resource management region.

The study estimates that the value-added economic contribution of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area to the Australian economy in 2011-12 was $5.68 billion and it generated almost 69,000 full-time equivalent jobs.

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