It will also help tackle the crown of thorns starfish, which inflicts enormous damage to the reef.
Degraded coral reefs are far quieter than five years ago, and no longer sound like a suitable habitat to young fish searching for a place to live and breed, according to research published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA.
What it means: previous year, we reported that the Great Barrier Reef was dying, and the Aus government was prioritising coal exploration rather than saving it. Things change.
The Coalition has been criticised by environment groups for not acting fast enough to protect the reef, and the government's support for the Adani coal mine has also been controversial both locally and nationally because its potential impact on the reef.
"We'll be also providing money for scientific research, particularly to build more resilient coral, to deal with heat stress and light stress and this is $100 million for these activities".
The reef was listed as a world heritage site in 1981 by the United Nations cultural body Unesco.
In some parts of the Great Barrier Reef 80% of corals have been killed by bleaching.
In response, the Government has partnered with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, which will receive the bulk of the funding, to implement a range of projects created to tackle the problem.
The Australian government is partnering with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation to work out a plan of action and potentially bring some of the reef's most stressed-out areas back from the brink.
Working on the Northern Great Barrier Reef, the British-led worldwide team of scientists built experimental reefs from coral rubble on sand flats.
- AU$58m to expand the fight against the coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish.
The $201 million of the funding package will be allocated for improving water quality, which involves changing farming practices such as reducing fertilizer use.
In a statement issued in advance of Sunday's announcement, the prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said the new funding was an investment in the health of the reef and the tourism jobs dependent on it. "Promoting the largest coal mine in the world simultaneously while pretending to be concerned about the world's largest reef is an acrobatic feat that only a cynical political class would attempt", said Bill McKibben, founder of the global movement for climate 350.org.