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The Australian Ballast Water Unit (ABWU) has been established to coordinate and communicate Australia's ballast water management requirements to vessels, the shipping industry, government bodies, stakeholders and the public. The ABWU developed, maintains and updates the Australian Ballast Water Management Information System (ABWMIS).

  1. Login:
    The username is not case sensitive. After initial login you must choose a strong password consisting of at least 10 characters, having at least one lowercase character (a-z), at least one uppercase character (A-Z), at least one numeric character (0-9) and at least one special character (()[]_,@!$%&*#.-).
  2. Lost Password:
    A new password will be emailed to your registered email address on request. Your password should be changed as soon as possible upon receipt of the email.
  3. Problems:
    For any further problems and concerns please contact an ABWU administrator at
  4. Access to System Functions:
    User access to the ABWMIS is restricted.  Users will only be assigned access privileges by System Administrators according to each user's work-related needs. Only a System Administrator can define, assign or modify users' access rights.  To request or modify access to the ABWMIS please contact the ABWU.
  5. Minimum System Requirements:
    The Department of Agriculture recommend the following minimum system requirements for the effective and efficient use of this online service
    - Windows 2000(SP4)/XP(SP2)/Vista (32-bit)
    - Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 with Service Pack 1
    - Java and Java script enabled in the browser (System will not function without Java)
    - .NET Framework 2.0
    - Internet connection - preferably Broadband
    - Acrobat Reader
    - Email account

    You may experience issues when viewing the system outside these recommendations

International Maritime Organization (IMO) Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004

Victoria's ballast water management requirements 

Invasive marine species

By accessing the information presented through this medium, each user waives and releases the Commonwealth of Australia to the full extent permitted by law from any and all claims relating to the usage of material or information made available through the system. In no event shall the Commonwealth of Australia be liable for any incidental or consequential damages resulting from use of the material. In particular and without limit to the generality of the above, information provided in publications of the Commonwealth Government is considered to be true and correct at the time of publication. Changes in circumstances after time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information and the Commonwealth Government gives no assurance as to the accuracy of any information or advice contained on this site.

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