Under the Commonwealth Biosecurity Act 2016, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources regulates ballast water management around Australia. The legislation has been drafted to move Australian legislation towards consistency with the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments 2004 (BWM Convention) when it comes into force. We worked with the department in the lead up to the legislation taking effect.
We have provided information on ballast water requirements to ship owners and operators during our annual workshops on port State control, and identified opportunities for sharing intelligence and compliance information to enhance the effectiveness of ship inspections.
We have continued working with states and territories to drive a consistent approach to protecting the marine environment from the impacts of shipping and, in particular, the MARPOL Convention (International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution From Ships), which states and the Northern Territory implement to varying degrees.