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Protection of the sea levy

The protection of the sea levy helps us to respond to any environmental incidents.

We ask potential polluters to pay a levy to assist us to respond to any environmental incidents.

The protection of the sea levy

The levy is a charge against ships who have the potential to become polluters of the marine environment.

Who pays the levy

If you already pay the marine navigation levy and the marine navigation (regulatory functions) levy, you will also need to pay the protection of the sea levy.

In addition, any other vessel of 24 metres or more in length carrying 10 tonne or more of oil on board at any time during a calendar quarter will also need to pay the protection of the sea levy.

This may include some fishing vessels which are exempt from the marine navigation levy and the marine navigation (regulatory functions) levy.     

Exemptions

Vessels which enter ports to load fuel, provisions and water to complete a voyage, undertake crew changes or for repairs only do not pay the levy. 

When to pay the levy

You must pay the levy at the same time you are required to pay the marine navigation levy and the marine navigation (regulatory functions) levy.

If you are exempt from paying the marine navigation levy and the marine navigation (regulatory functions) levy, you must pay the levy each quarter if you are a coastal vessel. Overseas vessels must pay upon arrival at an Australian port.

You will receive a receipt when you pay the levy and this receipt will be valid for three months. 

Levy charges

The levy is calculated at 11.25 cents per net ton per quarter, with a minimum of A$10 per quarter. The levy is reviewed annually.

Funding clean up costs

The levy funds the National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies and cleanup costs which cannot be attributed to a known polluter.

Last updated: 

Wednesday 14 November 2018