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BIOSECURITY ACT 2015 - SECT 298

Offence--disposing of sediment

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 disposes of sediment (whether in or outside Australian seas); and

                     (d)  the sediment is not disposed of to a sediment reception facility.

Note 1:       For exceptions relating to safety, accidents and pollution, see section 299.

Note 2:       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 disposes of sediment; and

                     (e)  the sediment is not disposed of to a sediment reception facility.

Note 1:       For exceptions relating to safety, accidents and pollution, see section 299.

Note 2:       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 for contravention of this subsection:        500 penalty units.



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