The WCBIA represents members operating a multi-million dollar charter boat tourism industry within the Whitsunday region of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

The WCBIA Inc is a member of the industry peak body, The Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators (AMPTO).

Some of the important functions the WCBIA carries out include:

being a clearing-house of information and statutory regulations;
being a central liaison point between members and other stakeholders;
being a consultative base for investigation and analysis of relevant industry issues
being the watchdog of our industry by ensuring members adhere to best practice standards of operations and protection of our marine park.
The WCBIA collaborates with local, state and federal government agencies, as well as other key stakeholders to ensure we produce a high standard of Best Practice principles.

The WCBIA members have united to address significant issues such as:

suitable award wages;
holding tank legislation;
marine safety standards;
permit allocations;
site management plans;
submissions to the Representative Areas Program (GBRMPA);
Environmental Management and National Park Charges;
increased Training Standards and collaboration with Queensland Marine Academy
The WCBIA is also developing proactive and effective alliances with other stakeholders such as:

‘out of region’ domestic marine tourism operators;
the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA)
Maritime safety Queensland (MSQ);
the Whitsunday Bareboat Operators Association;
the Whitsunday Local Marine Advisory Committee (WLMAC)
various Unions
..and others
Internally, the WCBIA is working on development projects such as:

compliance and accreditation schemes and training programs for members;
selling agents’ accreditation and training program;
information programs for non-members and other key stakeholders;
review of the Constitution of the Association i.e. categories of membership;
Certification Rules for the use of the tick logo;
research and analysis of specific and endemic industry issues such as safety standards and systems and after sales service procedures;
production and development of an informative, issues related newsletter;
communications strategies including advertising and web site development;
…in order to continue to develop a more sustainable, viable and professional sector of the marine tourism.