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.


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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Consultation Regulation Impact Statement PDFPDF Icon 40 1.2 MB
Consultation Regulation Impact Statement DOCX Word Icon 40 2.2 MB

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Consultation Webinar

We held a webinar to discuss the Biofouling consultation RIS on Thursday 9 May, 2019. If you missed it, you can view a recorded version below.


The consultation RIS is open for your comment until 31 May 2019. Visit Have Your Say page.

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Biofouling Webinar Transcript PDF PDF Icon 17 311 KB
Biofouling Webinar Transcript DOCX Word Icon 17 136 KB

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Last reviewed: 16 January 2020
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