The status of Australia's natural World Heritage sites

Five iconic sites in Australia have had their statuses downgraded, including the Great Barrier Reef which is rated "critical" for the first time.

Good The site's values are in good condition and are likely to be maintained for the forseaable future, provided current conservation measures are maintained.
Good with some concerns While some concerns exist, with minor additional conservation measures the site's values are likely to be essentially maintained in the long term.
Significant concern The site's values are threatened and/or are showing signs of deterioration. Significant additional conservation measures are needed to maintain and/or restore values over the medium to long term.
Critical The site's values are severely threatened and/or deteriorating. Immediate large-scale additional consevation measures are needed to maintain and/or restore the site's values over the short to medium term or the values may be lost.

World Heritage site Year inscribed 2014 rating 2017 rating 2020 rating
Great Barrier Reef 1981
Kakadu National Park 1981
Willandra Lakes Region 1981
Lord Howe Island Group 1982
Tasmanian Wilderness 1982/89
Gondwana Rainforests of Australia 1986/94
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park 1987/94
Wet Tropics of Queensland 1988
Shark Bay, Western Australia 1991
Fraser Island 1992
Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh / Naracoorte) 1994
Heard and McDonald Islands 1997
Macquarie Island 1997
Greater Blue Mountains Area 2000
Purnululu National Park 2003
Ningaloo Coast 2011