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Australian Ballast Water Management Requirements, Version 7

Year: 2017
Language: english
Author: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Genre: Guide
Format: PDF
Quality: eBook
Pages count: 75
Description: The Australian Ballast Water Management Requirements set out the obligations on vessel
operators with regards to the management of ballast water and ballast tank sediment when
operating within Australian seas. These requirements include legislative obligations under the:
• Biosecurity Act 2015 (Biosecurity Act), and
• International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and
Sediments (Ballast Water Convention).
They also provides guidance for vessel operators on best practice policies while in Australia.
The requirements apply to all vessels operating internationally and domestically in Australia.
The legislative obligations on vessels to manage ballast water are contained in the
Commonwealth Biosecurity Act 2015 and associated legislation. Vessels following these
requirements will be complying with these obligations.
Ballast water can contain a range of invasive marine species, which, if unmanaged, can lead to
significant economic and environmental impacts on Australia’s unique maritime environment.
This version of the requirements reflects the implementation of the Ballast Water Convention
and other changes associated with the introduction of new national domestic ballast water
requirements to reduce the risk of spreading marine pests that have already established in
Australian seas.


1. Shipping Industry Advice Notice No. 03-2008 with Australian Ballast Water Management Requirements Version 4, AQIS (2008) - pages 22
2. Australian Ballast Water Management Requirements Version 7, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, (2017) - 34 Pages
3. Ballast water management for vessels travelling within Australia - Changes for Domestic Commercial Vessels from 8 September 2017, 17 – pages 2
4. Ballast water management for International Vessels - Changes for Vessels Entering Australia From 8 September 2017 – pages 2
5. Biosecurity Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Act 2018 No. 88, 2018 – Pages 15


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