Section 5A of the Customs Act 1901 (Cth) deals with Attachment of Overseas Resources Installations and is extracted below.
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5A Attachment of overseas resources installations
(1) A person shall not cause an overseas resources installation to be attached to the Australian seabed.
Penalty: 500 penalty units.
(1A) Subsection (1) does not apply if the person has the permission of the CEO given under subsection (2).
(2) The CEO may, by notice in writing given to a person who has applied for permission to cause an overseas resources installation to be attached to the Australian seabed, give the person permission, subject to such conditions (if any) as are specified in the notice, to cause that installation to be so attached.
(3) A person who has been given permission under subsection (2) shall not refuse or fail to comply with any condition (including a condition imposed or varied under subsection (4)), to which that permission is subject.
Penalty: 100 penalty units.
(4) Where the CEO has, under subsection (2), given a person permission to cause an overseas resources installation to be attached to the Australian seabed, the CEO may, at any time before that installation is so attached, by notice in writing served on the person:
(a) revoke the permission;
(b) revoke or vary a condition to which the permission is subject; or
(c) impose new conditions to which the permission is to be subject.
(5) Without limiting the generality of subsection (2), conditions to which a permission given under that subsection may be subject include:
(a) conditions relating to matters of quarantine; and
(b) conditions requiring the master of an installation to bring the installation to a place specified by the CEO for examination for quarantine purposes before the installation is attached to the Australian seabed.
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