Environment protection measures and legislation
Legislation and international conventions are implemented in Australia to protect the marine environment from ship pollution.
Legislation and prevention
One of AMSA’s key functions is preventing pollution and environmental damage caused by shipping.
The information provided on this page should not be used for legal purposes without reference to the official version published on the Australian Government Federal Register of Legislation. AMSA accepts no liability or responsibility for the accuracy of the information provided.
To view a comprehensive list of legislation administered by AMSA, please see our legislation page.
Protecting our marine environment
- Protection of the Sea - Conventions and Legislation in Australia
- Protecting our Seas brochure [ PDF: 695Kb]
- Levies and Fees
- Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas Fact Sheet [ PDF: 171Kb]
- Great Barrier Reef/Torres Strait Particularly Sensitive Sea Area [ PDF: 754Kb]
(Copyright Commonwealth of Australia 2007 - based on chart AUS 4060, used with the permission of the Australian Hydrographic Office)
Ship-sourced pollution regulations
- Waste Reception Facilities in Australian Ports
- Maritime discharges in emergency and response situations
- Ship Pollution Regulations [ PDF: 18Kb]
- Stow it Don't Throw it [ PDF: 427Kb]
- Adoption of an Energy Efficient Design Index for International Shipping Fact Sheet [ PDF: 205Kb]
- Guidelines for the implementation of MARPOL Annex V 2012
- Revisions to MARPOL - current texts
- “Nearest land”- what it means under MARPOL and Australia
- Summary of Discharge Standards – MARPOL
- MARPOL Annex VI Bunker Delivery Note format
- Bunkers Sampling Guidelines [ PDF: 624Kb]
- Oil Spills from Ships - Who Pays [ PDF: 180Kb]
- Calculator for the Limits of Liability under CLC92 and LLMC96
- Prosecutions for Ship Sourced Pollution
- Pollution from Fishing Vessels
For further information please contact Marine Environment Protection.