The Australian Government Reef Programme

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Applications for Water Quality Grants and Partnerships and System Repairs and Urban Grants have been assessed.

Details of projects to be funded through Reef Rescue are now available.

The Australian Government Reef Programme is an ongoing and key component of the Australian Government's natural resource management programmes.

The Reef Programme represents a coordinated approach to environmental management in Australia and is the single largest commitment ever made to address the threats of declining water quality and climate change to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

In the first phase of the Caring for our Country Reef Rescue program, the Australian Government committed $200 million over five years (2008-09 to 2012-13) to improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef lagoon.

Over the course of the program more than 3200 individual land managers received water quality grants for on-farm projects.

From 2013-14, the Australian Government has committed to continue efforts to protect the Great Barrier Reef through improvements to the quality of water flowing into the Great Barrier Reef lagoon. Over a further five year period the Reef Programme will enhance the reef’s resilience to the threats posed by climate change and nutrients, pesticides and sediment runoff through a number of complimentary approaches.