Australia has an intergovernmental collective agreement with Australian states and territories on the national plan to combat pollution caused by oil and other hazardous and noxious substances. Note 2: In Queensland, it is recognised that offshore jurisdiction between the Commonwealth and the State is particularly complex due to the many islands and Cays within the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait. Competence in these areas shall be defined by maps drawn up for the purposes of this Agreement. These cards are held by the Queensland and Commonwealth Agencies and should be mentioned when determining jurisdiction for incidents in these areas. This intergovernmental agreement is part of the agreements relating to the national plan for maritime environmental emergencies. Service extensions of more than 13 months could lead to the detention of ships until they are corrected or an action plan for the repatriation of the seafarer is adopted and put in place. (Marine Notice 17/2016) Read the Intergovernmental Agreement on the National Maritime Emergency Arrangement. This agreement will be concluded on 24 May 2002. Nothing in this Agreement shall diminish the need to maintain this high level of cooperation between all stakeholders in order to be able to respond in a timely and effective manner to actual pollution phenomena, including the provision of equipment and trained personnel when necessary. The interpretation of the MLC is not universal or firm.

The national approach to preparedness and response to pollution by oil and chemicals in the marine environment under the national plan is continued and strengthened, in accordance with the recommendations of the review report, with the active participation of industry groups to the extent possible and with due regard to existing state/NT emergency management agreements The Senate Executive Order on Enterprise Contracts (known as Murray Motion) defines our active contracts worth $100,000 or more (including GST) entered into by the department that have not been fully executed or concluded in the last 12 months. . . .