Sea Dumping in Australia

Explanatory Note

Information contained on this web site is provided in the interests of public safety, and particularly for mariners to help prevent accidental discovery of dumped hazardous substances.

Information on the dumping at sea of hazardous substances has been made public through Australian Notices to Mariners since 1982.

It should be noted that instances of dumping of Chemical Warfare Agents referred to on this web site took place in the late 1940's. Today, Australia fully adheres to the Convention on the Prevention of Maritime Pollution by dumping of Wastes and Other Matter, 1972 (and the 1996 Protocol to that Convention). The Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981 covers current Government policy with respect to dumping at sea.

For more information on Sea Dumping regulations and the permits required under the Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981 refer to Environment Australia's web site at or see chapter 6 of the Mariner’s Handbook for Australian Waters here.

The spreadsheets in the report above are available electronically below.

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