Proposed Australian biofouling management requirements for internationally arriving vessels

We are developing options for mandatory requirements to manage biofouling on internationally arriving vessels in Australian waters.

When biofouling is not managed, it can introduce invasive species into our ecosystem. A new mandatory management system can reduce this risk.

To understand how the proposed biofouling requirements would affect you, the department held a consultation period for the regulation impact statement from 1 April – 31 May 2019. The submission period has now closed, however updates on the proposed requirements will continue on this page.

To learn more:

Submit your feedback by 31 May 2019.

Register in Have Your Say and follow this project for updates.

[Image: NZ MPI]


We are developing options for mandatory requirements to manage biofouling on internationally arriving vessels in Australian waters.

When biofouling is not managed, it can introduce invasive species into our ecosystem. A new mandatory management system can reduce this risk.

To understand how the proposed biofouling requirements would affect you, the department held a consultation period for the regulation impact statement from 1 April – 31 May 2019. The submission period has now closed, however updates on the proposed requirements will continue on this page.

To learn more:

Submit your feedback by 31 May 2019.

Register in Have Your Say and follow this project for updates.

[Image: NZ MPI]


  • Watch our webinar

    4 months ago

    On Thursday 9 May 2019, the Department presented a webinar to discuss the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement. Close to 100 attendees dialled in to listen and to ask our presenters their questions.

    If you weren’t able to attend the webinar, you may watch the recorded video on the Departments Consultation Regulation Impact Statement page.

    You still have time to provide us with input through the Biofouling management requirements survey or by emailing us at pestsmarine@agriculture.gov.au.

    Submissions are open until the 31 May 2019.

    On Thursday 9 May 2019, the Department presented a webinar to discuss the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement. Close to 100 attendees dialled in to listen and to ask our presenters their questions.

    If you weren’t able to attend the webinar, you may watch the recorded video on the Departments Consultation Regulation Impact Statement page.

    You still have time to provide us with input through the Biofouling management requirements survey or by emailing us at pestsmarine@agriculture.gov.au.

    Submissions are open until the 31 May 2019.

  • Participate in our webinar

    5 months ago

    You can join our webinar on Thursday 9 May at 11:00am (AEST).

    This webinar is a live event. You will have a chance to ask our presenters questions during the session.

    You must register to participate. When you register, you will provide your details to Content Group (via Zoom) who are hosting on our behalf.

    After you register, you will receive a link. Save this and use it to join the webinar. You will also get a reminder the day before the webinar with a link to join.

    If you can’t join the live webinar, we will publish a recording on this page after the event.

    You can join our webinar on Thursday 9 May at 11:00am (AEST).

    This webinar is a live event. You will have a chance to ask our presenters questions during the session.

    You must register to participate. When you register, you will provide your details to Content Group (via Zoom) who are hosting on our behalf.

    After you register, you will receive a link. Save this and use it to join the webinar. You will also get a reminder the day before the webinar with a link to join.

    If you can’t join the live webinar, we will publish a recording on this page after the event.