Marine Order 95 (Marine Pollution Prevention - Garbage) - Australian Government


You are required to comply with this Marine Order if you intend to operate a regulated Australian vessel for commercial or recreational use, or a foreign vessel within Australian waters.

This Order provides specification for the prevention of garbage from entering the marine environment. The Order prohibits garbage from being expelled from a vessel into the marine environment within Australian waters. Under the Order, garbage is described as any item generated during the normal operation of the ship which is liable to be disposed of continuously or periodically, and is considered harmful to the marine environment. This includes:

  • any food
  • domestic and operational waste
  • all plastics
  • cargo residues
  • incinerator ashes
  • cooking oil
  • fishing gear
  • animal carcasses.

If you are carrying solid bulk cargoes which are harmful to the marine environment, you will have to classify and declare. The criteria for determining the classification of the cargoes has been inserted into Appendix I to Annex V of MARPOL

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

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Act(s) name

Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Marine Order 95 (Marine Pollution Prevention - Garbage) 2018 Australian Government

Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Marine Environment Division

Contact details

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Marine Environment Division

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Operating address: 82 Northbourne Avenue
Braddon, Australian Capital Territory 2612
Mailing address: GPO BOX 2181
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 02 6279 5040
Fax: 02 6279 5026