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Protection of the sea legislation

Australia is a party to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) and the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships. The Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983 and the Navigation Act 2012 implement into domestic law Australia's obligations under the MARPOL Convention, which sets out the legislative obligations relating to the prevention of accidental and operational marine environment pollution from shipping. The Protection of the Sea (Harmful Anti-fouling Systems) Act 2006 implements Australia's obligations under the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-Fouling Systems on Ships.

The Department is responsible for the administration of the Protection of the Sea legislation. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) administers the Protection of the Sea legislation and is responsible for ensuring industry's compliance with it.