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BIOSECURITY ACT 2015 - SECT 270

Offence--discharging ballast water

Australian vessels

             (1)  A person contravenes this subsection if:

                     (a)  the person is the person in charge or the operator of a vessel; and

                     (b)  the vessel is an Australian vessel; and

                     (c)  the vessel discharges ballast water (whether in or outside Australian seas).

Note:          The physical elements of offences against subsections (2) and (3) are set out in this subsection (see section 534).

Foreign vessels

          (1A)  A person contravenes this subsection if:

                     (a)  the person is the person in charge or the operator of a vessel; and

                     (b)  the vessel is a foreign vessel; and

                     (c)  the vessel is in Australian seas; and

                     (d)  the vessel discharges ballast water.

Note:          The physical elements of offences against subsections (2) and (3) are set out in this subsection (see section 534).

Fault-based offence

             (2)  A person commits an offence if the person contravenes subsection (1) or (1A).

Penalty:  2,000 penalty units.

Strict liability offence

             (3)  A person commits an offence of strict liability if the person contravenes subsection (1) or (1A).

Note:          For offences of strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code .

Penalty:  500 penalty units.

Exception

             (4)  Subsections (1) and (1A) do not apply if:

                     (a)  the condition in section 271, 276, 277, 278A, 279, 282, or subsection 283(1), (2) or (3), is met in relation to the discharge of ballast water; and

                     (b)  either of the following applies:

                              (i)  the vessel has a ballast water management plan, and a ballast water management certificate is in force for the vessel;

                             (ii)  the vessel is prescribed for the purposes of subsection 285A(3) or is granted an exemption under the scheme prescribed for the purposes of section 285B; and

                     (c)  if subparagraph (b)(i) of this subsection applies--the management of the ballast water was carried out in accordance with the ballast water management plan; and

                     (d)  if subparagraph (b)(ii) of this subsection applies--any condition of the exemption granted under the scheme prescribed for the purposes of section 285B has been met.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in this subsection (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code ).



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