Oiled wildlife

Our response to the risk of oil spills on wildlife.

We maintain marine pollution response equipment in strategically located stockpiles around the Australian coastline under arrangements for the National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies.

National Plan oiled wildlife response containers are available for use during a pollution response. The containers include staging equipment and supplies that an oiled wildlife response unit can use to deal with oiled, sick or injured wildlife.

The states and Northern Territory ensure that effective wildlife response arrangements are also available within their jurisdictions. Those arrangements are detailed within the relevant agency contingency plans.

The Australian Marine Oil Spill Centre (AMOSC) also holds oiled wildlife response equipment available for use during a response.

Last updated: 29 October 2020