Ballast water and government obligations

The Environment Protection Act 1970 gives EPA a broad range of tools to protect the environment, including all Victorian state waters. These tools include waste management policies.

The Waste Management Policy (Ships’ Ballast Water) is administered by EPA. See clause 12 for our specific responsibilities. The Environment Protection (Ships’ Ballast Water) Regulations 2006 set out extra requirements.

EPA will provide guidance and information to assist ships to comply with these arrangements. This includes risk-assessment tools to assist ship owners, masters and agents to assess the risks of domestic ballast water before berthing at a Victorian port.

EPA assesses all reporting forms and ballast logs that are sent by ships and their agents, and confirms all instructions to ships in writing.

Department of Environment and Primary Industries

The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) works with EPA and other government agencies, shipping and port industries to enhance domestic ballast water risk assessment processes and tools.

DEPI also contributes to the development of the national domestic ballast water management arrangements.


Page last updated on 25 Mar 2014