Sea Dumping Activities Permits - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require one of these permits if you intend to incinerate, load or dump waste, dredging and other material (including burials at sea or on top of a reef) in Australian waters and from any Australian vessel, aircraft or platform anywhere at sea.

Australian waters extend to the outermost limits of its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Requirements will vary according to the proposed application.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


As specified on the permit.



Dredged material. Fees will vary between $10 000 and $23 500 depending on the volume of material being dredged. Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

Application$12,700.00Disposal of a vessel or platform at sea. Fees for 2016-17.
Application$10,000.00Artificial reef. Fees for 2016-17.
Application$1,675.00Burial at sea. Fees for 2016-17.

Dispose bulky items from small islands. Fees for 2016-17.

Application$5,000.00Sewage sludge. Fees for 2016-17.
Application$5,000.00Fish waste or industrial dish processing operation. Fees for 2016-17.



Two copies of your application form and any additional documents must be included with your application.

Administering agency

Department of the Environment and Energy
Wildlife, Heritage and Marine Division

Act(s) name

Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Regulations 1983 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Sea Dumping Section
Department of the Environment and Energy
Wildlife, Heritage and Marine Division

Mailing address:
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601


02 6274 1111

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