Hazardous Waste Permit - Australian Government

Description

You may be required to apply for this permit if you intend to export, import or transit hazardous waste through a different country on the way to its final destination. You will also be required to comply with the Basel Convention if you intend to apply for a permit to export hazardous waste. A permit will not be granted unless the hazardous waste will be disposed by a method that is within the scope of Section A of Annex IV to the Basel Convention.

Hazardous wastes are prescribed in the Basel Convention and generally have characteristics such as being:

  • flammable
  • explosive
  • poisonous
  • toxic
  • exotoxic
  • infectious.

If you are unsure if what you intend to export has been classed as hazardous waste you should consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

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

Eligibility requirements

An applicant must have:

  • appropriate insurance
  • evidence of financial viability
  • in the case of all export permits, a written contract or chain of contracts, covering all movements, starting with the notifier and terminating at the disposal facility
  • in the case of all Basel export permits, detailed evidence that the waste will be managed in an environmentally sound manner.

Please note permits are only issued to persons within Australian jurisdiction.

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $5225.00 Transit Permit
Apply Application All $7088.00 Import Permit
Apply Application All $12667.00 Export Permit (for operations which may lead to resource recovery, recycling, reclamation, direct re-use or alternative uses)
Apply Application All $35035.00

Export Permit (for operations other than those which may lead to resource recovery, recycling, reclamation, direct re-use or alternative uses)

Vary Variation All $14913.00

Export Permit (for operations other than those which may lead to resource recovery, recycling, reclamation, direct re-use or alternative uses).

Vary Variation All $5970.00

Export Permit (for operations which may lead to resource recovery, recycling, reclamation, direct re-use or alternative uses)

Vary Variation All $2616.00 Import Permit
Vary Variation All $2244.00 Transit Permit

Act(s) name

Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1989 AG

Regulation(s) name

Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Regulations 1996 AG

Approval time

If you are applying to export or import waste to or from an OECD country, the Department of the Environment and Energy has 40 days in which to process your application. If you are applying to export or import waste to or from a country that is a party to the Basel Convention, the Department of the Environment and Energy has 60 days in which to process your application.

Additional information

The Basel Convention is an international treaty to which Australia is a signatory. Under the Convention, Australia has a responsibility to ensure that hazardous wastes are managed in an environmentally sound manner - including an obligation to control and reduce international movements of hazardous waste.

Administering agency

Department of the Environment and Energy

Environment Protection

Hazardous Waste Section

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Enquiries

Hazardous Waste Section

Environment Protection

Department of the Environment and Energy

Mailing address: GPO BOX 787
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Toll Free: 1800 803 772
Fax: 02 6274 1164
Email: hwa@environment.gov.au