Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Risk Reports

The National Plan recognises that the starting point for reducing the impacts of maritime environmental emergencies lies in the understanding of the specific hazards and the social, environmental, cultural and heritage, infrastructure and economic vulnerabilities presented by these events. The National Plan is underpinned by formal risk assessment at the Commonwealth, state and Northern Territory (NT), regional, and local scale.

Using a risk-based approach means that the National Plan can implement the ‘polluter pays principles’ under which preparedness is funded by the potential polluters. This means that for shipping, a levy applies to commercial shipping visiting Australian ports, and for the offshore petroleum sector, operators fund arrangements to meet their specific risks.

The risk assessments also assist AMSA and the jurisdictions to determine the appropriate locations for and levels of National Plan emergency towage capability and spill response equipment.

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