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BIOSECURITY ACT 2015 - SECT 292

Vessels must have a ballast water record system

             (1)  An Australian vessel (whether in or outside Australian seas) that is capable of carrying ballast water must have on board a ballast water record system that complies with the requirements (if any) prescribed by the determination under section 308A.

Note:          A ballast water record system is a system for making and keeping records of details about the vessel's ballast water and ballast water operations (see section 9).

          (1A)  A foreign vessel in Australian seas that is capable of carrying ballast water must have on board a ballast water record system that complies with the requirements (if any) prescribed by the determination under section 308A.

Strict liability offence

             (2)  A person commits an offence of strict liability if:

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

                     (b)  the vessel is capable of carrying ballast water; and

                     (c)  the vessel does not have a ballast water record system as required by subsection (1) or (1A).

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

Penalty for contravention of this subsection:        200 penalty units.



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