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The majority of Australian States are increasing their fines for pollution related incidents with effect from 1 July.

In an article published on its website this week, the law firm HWL Ebsworth said that the penalty unit increases mean that the maximum fine for an oil spill in ‘Commonwealth waters’  has increased to AUS$4.44 million for a Master and AUS$22.2 million for a corporate Owner or Charterer. HWL Ebsworth explained that State and Territory legislation and penalties apply to oil spills that are within, or migrate to within, 3 nautical miles of the coast; while beyond 3 nautical miles the Commonwealth legislation will apply.

The HWL Ebsworth article provided a link to the table of applicable fines which can be accessed here.



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