Part 1: Revenue Measures (Continued)
Infrastructure and Transport
Protection of the Sea Levy — retention at current level
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The Government will retain the Protection of the Sea Levy (PSL) at its current rate of 14.25 cents per net registered tonne for defined vessels to establish a $10.0 million pollution response reserve which will enable the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to respond quickly to pollution incidents at sea.
The retention of the PSL at its current rate will also assist AMSA to recoup anticipated increased costs associated with the implementation of a number of pollution response and prevention initiatives. This would include improving and maintaining pollution response stockpiles, supporting the National Plan to Combat Pollution of the Sea by Oil and Other Noxious and Hazardous Substances, the National Maritime Emergency Response Arrangement and supporting vessel traffic service arrangements in the Torres Strait and the inner route of the Great Barrier Reef.
The PSL was increased from 11.25 cents to 14.25 cents, with effect from 1 April 2010, to recover the pollution‑related clean‑up costs in excess of the amount paid by the Pacific Adventurer shipowner.
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