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Boat Sewage Management Directive

21 December 2013

The EPA Director has made a Sewage Management Directive on the Discharge of Sewage from Certain Vessels into State Waters.

The Directive is a risk-based approach to sewage discharge which specifies where sewage may and may not be discharged from certain vessels into Tasmanian waters.

Up until recently, the discharge of sewage from any vessel was prohibited in all State waters under the Pollution of Waters by Oils and Noxious Substances Act 1987.

Parliament recently passed an amendment to the Pollution of Waters by Oils and Noxious Substances Act.

The amendment provides that the offence provision will not apply to discharge which complies with a Sewage Management Directive.

The Directive was made by the Director after consultation with an expert working group over many months and after a call for public comment on a Draft Directive.

Information about the Directive, including what vessels it applies to and the process leading up to the making of the Directive can be found on the What's New page on the EPA website

This includes general information on boat sewage management and the situation in other jurisdictions.