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How to register an oil spill control agent

Apply for acceptance on the oil spill control agents register.

For a responder to use an oil spill control agent (OSCA) in a response in Australia, the OSCA needs to be registered. Once registered, the use of these products to assist in oil spill clean-up in Australian Waters during a National Plan response is protected under an exemption under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

Oil spill control agents may be used to assist in oil spill clean up in Australian waters. Read what is an oil spill control agent?

Apply to register an oil spill control agent

To make an application for acceptance onto the oil spill control agent register, you need to:

  1. Read the May 2015 oil spill control agent policy—all the information an applicant requires to make an application for oil spill control agent register listing is included in the May 2015 oil spill control agent policy, including the application form.
  2. Complete the testing process.
    • the reference test oils for all oil spill control agent tests are the AMSA supplied Kuwait crude oil and commercially obtained IFO180 and IFO380
    • Dispersants must go through the Mackay efficacy test protocol—list of Mackay testing laboratories.
  3. Provide evidence of successful test results—all products (including those oil spill control agents with similar or identical formulations to those within the existing National Plan inventory) need to successfully complete the testing process to gain listing on the oil spill control agent register.
  4. You may use the application form in the Policy document or use the electronic OSCA application form.

Inclusion of a product on the oil spill control agent register is not an endorsement of a product for use in any particular oil spill response operation.

Mackay Testing Laboratories

Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries
2A Bellarine Highway, Queenscliff, VIC 3225 
PO Box 114, Queenscliff, VIC 3225 
Contact person: Trevor Theodoropoulos
E: trevor.theodoropoulos@depi.vic.gov.au 
T: (03) 5258 0253; Mob: 0410 562 952

ChemCentre
Resources and Chemistry Precinct
Manning Rd,
Bentley, WA 6102
Contact person: Leif Cooper
E: lcooper@chemcentre.wa.gov.au
T: (08) 9422 9800; Mob: 0414 993 888

Intertek—Exploration and Production
41-45 Furnace Road,
Welshpool, Western Australia 6106 
Contact Person: Dr Tristan Stringer—Principal Ecotoxicologist—Environmental Services and Ecotoxicology
E:  Tristan.Stringer@Intertek.com
T: (08) 9263 0261 (direct)
T: (08) 9263 0263 (reception)
M: 0448 161 528

Oil spill control agent register

Oil spill control agent register

The National Plan is always looking for new oil spill control agents. Please contact us to assist you through the process of oil spill control agent registration.

Last updated: 

Friday 23 November 2018