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.

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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]


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  • Can the department indicate whether a similar policy will be introduced for Domestic Commercial Vessels?

    CMG asked 4 months ago

    New biofouling requirements will only apply to vessels that are subject to biosecurity control under the Biosecurity Act 2015.

    New requirements will only apply to domestic vessels if they become subject to biosecurity control, for example, by re-entering Australian waters after visiting an international port.

    The department encourages all vessel operators to develop and implement a biofouling management plan and record book to proactively manage the biosecurity risks of biofouling on vessels. Any state and territory requirements for domestic vessels to manage biofouling will continue to apply concurrently with the department’s requirements.

    Learn more about Managing biofouling in Australia.