Obligation to Carry Anti-Fouling Certificate - Australian Government

Service summary

You may be required to comply with this obligation if you intend to operate a ship in Australian waters. When your ship is in an Australian shipping facility it may be inspected to determine whether the ship complies with the anti-fouling requirements. It is an offence to take a ship which does not meet anti-fouling requirements into an Australian shipping facility.

The obligation applies to all ships. Ships of 400 gross tons and above, or, ships less than 400 gross tons but greater than 24 metres in length engaged in international voyages will require survey and certification or appropriate documentation.

The key provisions of the obligation are that:

  • All ships shall not apply or re-apply organotins compounds which act as biocides in anti-fouling systems (i.e. TBT-based paints); and
  • All ships are banned from having such compounds on their hulls or external surfaces, or will be required to have a protective coating preventing the leaching of such compounds.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Administering agency

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Office of Transport Security

Act(s) name

Protection of the Sea (Harmful Anti-fouling Systems) Act 2006 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Office of Transport Security

Operating address:
111 Alinga Street
Australian Capital Territory 2600
Mailing address:
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601




02 62748187


02 62746089

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