Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 2010
Operation of the Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1989
The Act and its 1996 amendments enable Australia to meet its obligations under the Basel Convention on the Control of the Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal. The Basel Convention regulates the international movements of hazardous wastes.
The Basel Convention was developed by the United Nations Environment Programme and adopted on 22 March 1989. Australia ratified the convention on 5 February 1992 and it entered into force on 5 May 1992. The convention imposes two kinds of obligations on members:
- to control the export and import of hazardous and other wastes (other wastes being household wastes or incinerator residues); to provide for notification and consent, as required by the Basel Convention; and to track shipments to environmentally sound disposal
- to minimise the movement and generation of hazardous and other wastes, and ensure that hazardous wastes are disposed of in an environmentally sound manner.
The purpose of the Act is to regulate the export, import, transit and disposal of hazardous waste.
In 2009-10 the department processed 34 applications for permits to import and export hazardous wastes (14 exports, and 20 imports). From these applications 16 permits were granted, 4 applications were refused and 14 applications were still to be resolved as at 30 June 2010.
All permit applications were processed within the statutory timeframes.
The department strengthened its enforcement activities and acted in cooperation with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service to prevent illegal traffic in hazardous waste. Enforcement action this year included detection of illegal shipments of electronic waste and waste batteries.
No requests were received under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
Two applications under section 57 of the Act, for review of a decision made by the minister, were received by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. One application was subsequently withdrawn.
The annual report on the details of the transboundary movements of hazardous wastes from Australia was provided to the Secretariat of the Basel Convention.
For the purposes of section 32 of the Act, there are prescribed fees for the lodgment of permit applications.
|Type of fee||Fee|
|Application for Basel Export permit||$4,440 per application|
|Application for Basel Import permit||$270 per application|
|notification of transit country||$110 per transit country|
|Application to vary Basel export permit||$370 per export application|
|Application to vary Basel import permit||$210 per import application|
|Application to vary transit permit||$110 per variation|
|Application for special export permit||$480 per application|
|Application for special import permit||$270 per application|
|Application to vary special export permit||$270 per variation|
|Application to vary special import permit||$110 per variation|
|Application to vary a special transit permit||$110 per variation|
This year income from fees totalled $22,120.
As set out in section 58D of the Act, the Hazardous Waste Technical Advisory group met on one occasion this year to advise the minister on issues relating to the administration of the Act.
- Letter of transmittal
- Executive summary
- Outcome 1 - Conserving our natural assets
- Outcome 2 - Living and working sustainably
- Operation of the Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1989
- Operation of the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989
- Operation of the product stewardship arrangements for oil including the Product Stewardship (Oil) Act 2000
- Operation of the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000
- Outcome 3 - Protecting Antarctica
- Outcome 4 - Adapting to a future with less water
- Outcome 5 - Protecting and enhancing Australia's culture and heritage
- Corporate Outcome - Improving organisational effectiveness
- Financial statements
- List of requirements