Throwing or dropping litter, even unintentionally, is an offence according to the Litter Act 1979. Dumping rubbish of any kind on any land not specified as a waste facility is also considered littering and attracts the same penalties under the Litter Act.
The Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB) Litter Report Scheme allows registered Litter Reporters to report littering or dumping of matter from a car, trailer or boat.
To become a Litter Reporter simply register via the online form. To maintain your confidentiality, you will be assigned a number so that your name and address do not have to appear in the report.
To make a report, access the online report form, download the smart phone app, or if you prefer, you can report via mailed reporting cards.
When KAB receives your litter report, Authorised officers will investigate the complaint and take the appropriate action. An infringement of up to $500 may be issued for individuals or up to $2000 for companies.
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The registered owner of the vehicle is considered to have committed the offence unless they can give the name of any person authorised by the registered owner to use the vehicle at that time.
The driver is also responsible for their passengers in relation to this offence unless they can give the name and contact details of the passenger concerned.
When littering or dumping from a vehicle is reported to KAB, a fine or infringement notice is issued to the registered owner. If the registered owner was not the person responsible, there is a section on the infringement notice which can be filled in to give the name and contact details of the person responsible.
If the driver has not committed the offence they may fill in a statutory declaration stating that they did not throw/drop the litter and that they did not see who did. This can be sent to KAB where the fine will be reviewed. It is an offence to make a false or misleading statement on a statutory declaration.
KAB reminds litter reporters that the use of mobile phones or devices whilst in control of a motor vehicle is against the law .
We appreciate the photos of vehicles and offences that you send us, however we must make it clear that if you choose to use your mobile phone or device whilst driving you may be fined. KAB will not accept any liability for people being fined for using a mobile phone/device whilst in control of a motor vehicle.
More information on driver safety at Office of Road Safety .
Where the vehicle is a company vehicle, the registered owner who receives the fine may send a statutory declaration stating that they did not throw, drop or dump the litter and name the person who was authorised by them to use the vehicle at the time. The declaration must include the name and address of that authorised person. If the owner wishes KAB to consider any other relevant facts relating to the offence, which could disprove the reported litter offence, these must included in the statutory declaration.
Note: All the above options require a Statutory Declaration. An ordinary letter, fax or e-mail is not acceptable. Statutory Declaration forms can be obtained at Post Offices.