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Coastal Management Plan

The Coastal Management Plan (PDF) commenced on 18 March 2014. It is made under the Coastal Protection and Management Act 1995. The Coastal Management Plan provides non-regulatory policy guidance to coastal land managers. Key management policies dealt with by the plan include:

  • maintaining coastal landforms and physical coastal processes
  • conserving nature
  • maintaining access to coastal resources for indigenous cultural activities
  • maintaining or enhancing public access
  • management planning
  • knowledge sharing and community engagement. The Coastal Management Plan is non-regulatory, and the policies contained in the plan provide best practice coastal management guidance only.

The Coastal Management Plan does not address land-use planning or development regulated under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. Information about planning and development policies can be found on the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning website.

The table below indicates how the plan is to be applied.

  • Which government and non-government bodies can use it.
  • Types of management activities
  • The land tenure it applies to.

Applied by

Applied to

Applied on

Managers of local and State government-controlled coastal land; for example local government

Management planning

State coastal land and other land tenures that include coastal resources.

Community groups

Management activities

Natural resource management bodies; for example SEQ NRM

Decisions and works that are not regulated under the SPA; for example development of a local government shoreline erosion management plan.

Research organisations


Individuals that own coastal land

For more information about the coastal plan including copies of associated guidelines, please email

Last updated
20 April 2016