Approval to Discharge Ballast Water into a Ballast Water Reception Facility - Australian Government


You will require this approval if you intend to discharge ballast water from a vessel into a ballast water reception facility in Australia.

Ballast water is water that is taken on board by vessels to improve stability and manoeuvrability during transit. This water may contain pests, and unmanaged discharge could potentially introduce invasive marine species.

A ballast water reception facility means a facility, including a vessel, for receiving ballast water from vessels for treatment or disposal.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

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Task Type Business Structure Description
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Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply Company, Co-operative, Other, Partnership, Sole Trader Australian Ballast Water Management Requirements - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Biosecurity Act 2015 Australian Government

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry

Contact details

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