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.
We released a consultation Regulation Impact Statement.
The consultation period closed on
31 May 2019.
Updates and submissions will be published online as part of the consultation process.
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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