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Trans-shipping policy consultation

The Queensland Government’s proposed trans-shipping policy aims to protect environmentally sensitive waters of the Great Barrier Reef region.

The proposed policy is to identify certain trans-shipping activities to be regulated as an environmentally relevant activity (ERA) under the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008.

Trans-shipping means the transfer of cargo from one vessel to another while at sea, including loading and unloading of vessels onshore, and ship movements to load or unload the vessel offshore.

An ERA is an activity that requires regulation under the Environmental Protection Act 1994.

Treating the trans-shipment of bulk materials as an ERA means the Queensland Government will be able to properly assess the environmental risks of this activity and avoid environmental harm in sensitive ecosystems.

The proposed policy would allow trans-shipping to be regulated consistently across Queensland waters and Commonwealth waters in the Great Barrier Reef region.

How to provide feedback
Send your submissions/comments to:


GPO Box 2454

Please indicate if you would like your feedback to remain confidential. If not indicated your response may be published or quoted in public documents.

For more information, please email or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

Comments/submissions close 20 October 2017.


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Submit your responses now. Closes 20 October 2017, 11.59pm.

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Last updated
 22 September 2017

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