Our Queensland Clean Beaches accreditation provides opportunities for beach communities, councils, surf life saving associations, schools, interested groups and individuals to take action in focus areas such as Community Action and Partnerships, Litter Prevention, Young Legends, Heritage and Culture, Resource Recovery and Waste Management, Water Conservation, Energy Innovation, and Environmental Protection and Innovation.

Clean Beaches takes a whole of community approach and covers many elements of community life. When all the community entities are working well together, to best manage their beach environment, it is often reflected in Clean Beaches success.

Any beach can enter as a Clean Beach and we will provide a formal recognition (1-5 star accreditation rating) for their commitment and provide a structure for those that would like to strive for higher accreditation.

Even the smallest actions can go a long way to improve outcomes, so don't be deterred from entering.

You do not have to complete all 8 focus areas to be accredited with a star rating - however, to be eligible for 5 star accreditation; you must meet all 8 focus areas outlined in the accreditation criteria. If you are rated as a 4 or 5 star beach, you are eligible for Queensland's Cleanest Beach, therefore entered into the National Clean Beach award competition.

Accredited beaches will hold their rating for 2 years. If the beach is not entered into Clean Beaches on the second year, the accreditation of the beach will be revisited to see if their rating is still relevant.

Registrations open: 1 March 2016 | Submissions close: 30 May 2016 | Announcement: June 2016