Consultation Regulation Impact Statement

​​Developing mandatory biofouling requirements

Biofouling is the accumulation of microorganisms, algae, plants and animals on submerged surfaces. Biofouling on vessels provides the opportunity for these organisms to be transported and establish outside their natural range with potentially significant adverse economic, social and environmental impacts.

We are considering options for mandatory requirements to manage biofouling in Australia.

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We have released a consultation Regulation Impact Statement.

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Consultation Regulation Impact Statement

This consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) provides options for Australian Government action to address biosecurity risks associated with biological growth (biofouling) on internationally arriving vessels.

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