Review of the Wet Tropics Management Plan 1998


The Wet Tropics Management Plan 1998 (the Management Plan) is subordinate Queensland legislation and provides the legal framework for management of the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area. The Management Plan is required under Queensland’s Wet Tropics World Heritage Protection and Management Act 1993. It applies only to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

The purpose of the Management Plan is to help protect the Outstanding Universal Value of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The Outstanding Universal Value of the Wet Tropics includes the natural heritage attributes for which the Area was originally listed when World Heritage status was declared in 1988. These include the unique ecological, biological, evolutionary and scenic landscape attributes.

The Management Plan regulates development activities that have the potential to impact on its Outstanding Universal Value, including its values and integrity, and includes principles and criteria for deciding permit applications. 


In response to feedback received through Wet Tropics Plan Phase 1 consultation (May 2017 – Jan 2018), the Authority has drafted a range of amendments to the existing regulation. For the purposes of Phase 2 public consultation, the Authority has provided:

  • A full version of the amended Wet Tropics Management Plan 1998  (the Management Plan) and a [link] to the current version of the Management Plan.
  • the Wet Tropics World Heritage Plan Review - Phase 2 consultation information brochure to help provide explanation of the changes made.
  • Interactive mapping portal to explore changes to the Management Plan Zoning maps.


Wet Tropics Management Authority

Click the interactive mapping tool above to:

  • Examine the details of the Management Plan zoning maps and view the proposed changes.

  • Look at overlays of Rainforest Aboriginal land interests such as Native Title, Indigenous Land Use Agreements and Indigenous Protected Areas.

  • Search for your address or lot on plan and see how the zoning affects properties in the World Heritage Area.

Wet Tropics Management Authority

Click on the image above to review a full version of the amended Wet Tropics Management Plan 1998.

Wet Tropics Management Authority

Click on the image above to read the Wet Tropics World Heritage Plan Review - Phase 2 consultation information brochure.

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