Paddock to Reef


The Paddock to Reef Integrated Monitoring, Modelling and Reporting Program (Paddock to Reef) is a collaboration involving governments, industry bodies, regional Natural Resource Management groups, landholders and research organisations.

Paddock to Reef is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments and was established in 2009. It’s principle aim is to evaluate and report progress towards the Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan targets through the annual Great Barrier Reef Report Cards.

Explore the Reef Plan website for further information.

Paddock to Reef Program Design 2018-2022

The design of the Paddock to Reef Integrated Monitoring, Modelling and Reporting program for 2018 to 2022 was coordinated by the Office of the Great Barrier Reef within the Queensland Department of Environment and Science. The design framework provides a comprehensive approach to integrating monitoring and modelling information across a range of scales, integrating the best available information for multiple lines of evidence on:

  • management practices,
  • catchment indicators,
  • catchment loads, and
  • the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

The updated five-year design of the Paddock to Reef program (2018 to 2022) was informed by a program review which considered whole of program issues such as data management, scoring, reporting and communication, including recommendations for program improvement


Targets, Land Uses and Pollutant Sources for Burnett Mary Catchments

The catchment profiles provide information about each area including size and rainfall, land use, targets, priorities for water quality improvement and sources of pollutants.

Reef Water Quality Risk Frameworks

The management practice adoption component of the Paddock to Reef program develops rigorous estimates of management practice benchmarks and change for the major agricultural industries of the reef catchments—sugarcane, grazing, horticulture, grains and dairy. More details of the water quality risk frameworks are available.

Great Barrier Reef Report Cards

The latest available Report Card 2016 was released in October 2017. 

The Burnett Mary summary of Report Card 2016 is available here.

Further Information

Reef Plan Videos

Modelling and Reporting -

Life in a Catchment -

Why is Nitrogen Important -

Farming for the Future -

Better Grazing, Less Sediment -

Data capture -

Risk frameworks and baselines -


Meet some of the people working on the front line of water quality work.

Other Related Sites

Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan:

Key Contact

Cathy Mylrea
(07) 4181 2999 (ext 301)