Protection of the Sea Shipping Levy - Australian Government

Service summary

You will be required to pay this levy if you operate a vessel that is more than 24 metres in length and contains more than 10 tonnes of oil in bulk as fuel or cargo.

The purpose of this levy is to ensure there are adequate funds to clean any environmental damage from pollution if the responsible person is unable to be identified.

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

Please consult directly with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.


The duration is 3 months. Payments must be made quarterly



The levy is currently 11.25 cents per net registered ton per quarter, with a minimum of $10 per quarter.


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Other resources

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Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Navigation Safety and International Division

Act(s) name

Protection of the Sea (Shipping Levy) Act 1981 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Navigation Safety and International Division

Operating address:
82 Northbourne Avenue
Australian Capital Territory 2612
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 2181
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601


02 6279 5664


02 6279 5966

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