Report of disposal of sediment must be made to Director of Biosecurity
(1) The person in charge or the operator of a vessel must make a report to the Director of Biosecurity if:
(a) the vessel disposes of sediment in Australian territorial seas; and
(b) the disposal is:
(i) for the purpose of ensuring the safety of the vessel in an emergency or saving life at sea; or
(ii) accidental; or
(iii) for the purpose of avoiding or minimising pollution from the vessel.
(2) The report must:
(a) set out the reason for the disposal of the sediment; and
(b) be made as soon as practicable, and in any case within 24 hours, after a member of the vessel's crew becomes aware of the disposal.
Strict liability offence
(3) A person commits an offence of strict liability if:
(a) the person is the person in charge or the operator of a vessel; and
(b) a report under subsection (1) is required to be made in relation to the vessel; and
(c) the report is not made in accordance with this section.
Penalty for contravention of this subsection: 120 penalty units.