All funds received as Environmental Management Charge (EMC) payments are applied directly to management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and are a very important contribution to management.
In the 2009-10 financial year, EMC funds contributed 18 per cent of the annual operational budget for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. The revenue from the EMC is applied across all aspects of Marine Park management including education and research, impact assessment, ranger patrols, site planning, public moorings, reef protection markers, information signs and maps.
Some of the money is shared with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service for joint management activities.
How much is collected?
In 2009-10, a total of $7,598,587 was collected in EMC payments.
The amount of EMC collected has been gradually increasing since it was first introduced in 1993. This is both because the number of tourists to the Marine Park has grown and because the charge itself has increased.