Marine-related Incidents (MARPOL Implementation) Act 2020

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Overview

Pollution of the sea in Tasmanian State waters may be regulated by general pollution laws such as the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994, but the Marine-related Incidents (MARPOL Implementation) Act 2020 deals specifically with discharges of oil and other pollutants from ships. It gives effect in Tasmania to the MARPOL international convention on marine pollution.

The regulations made under the Act are the Marine-related Incidents (MARPOL Implementation) Regulations 2020​. ​

Outside of Tasmanian waters, pollution is controlled by the Australian Government under the Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983, the Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981 and other legislation.

Sewage discharge

There are two Sewage Management Directives that give effect to section 30 of the Marine-related Incidents (MARPOL Implementation) Act 2020.

The Directives specify where sewage may and may not be discharged from certain vessels into Tasmanian waters. 

Boat Sewage Discharge Maps​ assist in interpreting the sewage discharge rules.

Legislation online

The Act and Regulations are available online at Tasmania’s legislation website.​