Tracking progress

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Water quality monitoring and the Great Barrier Reef.

With substantial investment and action underway to improve land practices, water quality and Reef health, we are tracking the work of many stakeholders by monitoring and modelling progress towards the ambitious Reef targets.

Like all Reef actions, there are many stakeholders involved in monitoring programs. Scientists lead the way and in some areas landholders and community members are also provided with training and support to help monitor the health of our waterways. Protecting the Great Barrier Reef requires the efforts of many.

A person using an instrument to measure water quality in a river.


The Paddock to Reef Integrated Monitoring, Modelling and Reporting Program (Paddock to Reef program) is a highly collaborative, world-leading program designed to collect and integrate data on agricultural management, catchment indicators, pollutant run-off and the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

Monitoring and modelling data is collected and reported across six Reef regions and at a catchment and sub-catchment scale in the Reef water quality report card. This program measures progress against the targets under the Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan.

Jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments, the Paddock to Reef Program also involves collaboration with industry bodies, regional natural resource management groups, landholders and research organisations.

Colourful fish and coral on the reef.

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What you can do

From the Great Barrier Reef to Moreton Bay, all Queensland waterways are connected. For example, avoiding littering, wherever you live, will prevent litter getting into waterways and making its way to the Great Barrier Reef. If you live in Reef catchment areas, you can make sure soil and fertiliser stays on your property.

If you are interested in participating in monitoring in your local area or when visiting the Great Barrier Reef get started by exploring the following resources or do a quick online search.

Find out more about how you can help.