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There are many measures being taken to reduce the amount of water pollution present in ocean water in and around Australia.

This is a country that is very aware of water pollution issues and is working hard to reduce their effects over time. However, it takes a lot of time and effort to make a difference against a problem as big and as widespread as water pollution, but Australia is well on its way to cleaning up dirty water sources and keeping the ocean as safe and as clean as possible for both human and animal life in years to come. Below are just some of the ways in which Australia is fighting back against water pollution problems.

  • Sea Dumping Act – This is an official piece of legislature that vastly limits the amount of dumping allowed in the ocean. It regulates loading and unloading activities as well, and it requires individuals and companies both to obtain permits before dumping vessels and man-made structures, performing burials at sea, taking part in dredging operations, or making artificial reefs for tourism or other purposes. Checks are regularly made to ensure that anyone dumping or taking part in any of these other activities are not doing so illegally or against permitting that is already in place.
  • Marine environment reports – Marine water quality reports and checks on the surrounding environment are performed on a regular basis to ensure that the environment is clean, healthy, and functioning properly. These were performed even more frequently in the area following the Montara oil spill, but they take place throughout the country every year to test for good conditions in ocean water.
  • Permitting and penalties for ballast water – Vessels are not allowed to dispose of ballast water without having the proper permits. Ballast water from other places is often not allowed to be dumped at all in Australian ocean water. Heavy fines and other penalties are put in place in order to keep this from happening regularly.
  • Anti-fouling education – Although there are not regulations in place to keep biofouling from happening, there is still plenty of education in the hopes of encouraging anti-fouling practices. Guidelines have been created to prevent the spread of marine pests and other contaminants due to biofouling, and various organizations work to be sure all owners of ships and other structures are aware of the possibility of biofouling. 



Proficiency Testing Australia (PTA) provides Waters (Chemical) proficiency testing program which has run since 1992 and Sea Waters proficiency testing program. 

The eight rounds Waters (Chemical) programs are expected to be:

i)          Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium 

ii)         Bromide, Chloride, Fluoride, Iodide 

iii)        Metals (Aluminium, Barium, Bismuth, Boron, Lithium, Manganese, Silver, Strontium) 

iv)        Total Recoverable Oil and Grease 

v)         Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen, Total Phosphorus 

vi)        Metals (Arsenic, Mercury, Selenium) 

vii)       Sulphate, Conductivity, pH, Turbidity, Colour 

viii)      Total Solids, Total Suspended Solids, Total Dissolved Solids 

For more information about the above two waters PT programs, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..