Biosecurity Information Sessions 2016

​​​​​​​​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) will host a series of Biosecurity Legislation Information Sessions across Australia throughout March and April 2016.

The free sessions will provide an overview of the implementation of the new legislation and explain how the new Biosecurity Act may affect your industry from commencement. Senior Executives and subject matter experts from the department will deliver detailed information that will be of interest to a broad range of stakeholders on legislation topics including: Import Pathway, Approved Arrangements, Conditions and Permits, Enforcement/ Fit and Proper Person requirements, Ballast Water, Installations, Governance and Review and Human Health subjects.

Biosecurity Information Session details

[expan​d all]

Perth Tuesday 15 March 2016

Novotel Perth Langley

221 Adelaide Terrace
Perth WA 6000

Google Maps

Sessions

Sessions will be held in the Sliver Room on the Mezzanine floor.

Venue Information

www.novotelperthlangley.com.au

Parking Information

Limited undercover parking at the Novotel is available and charged at $25 per car per day.

Time

Session

8.45amWelcome
8.50am – 9.15amOpening Remarks
9.15am – 10.00amImport Pathways
10.00am-10.30amConditions and permits for goods
10.30am-10.45am Break
10.45am – 11.15amBallast Water
11.15am – 12.15pmInstallations
12.15pm – 1.15pmApproved Arrangements & Fit and Proper Persons
1.15pm-1.30pm Break
1.30pm – 2.00pmGovernance and reviews & States and Territories legislation
2.00pm-2.15pmCompliance and Enforcement tools
2.15pm-2.45pmHuman Health
2.45pm-2.50pmClosing

Sydney Monday 21 March 2016

Novotel Brighton Beach

The Grand Parade
Brighten Le Sands
NSW 2216

Google Maps

Sessions

Sessions will be held in the Sirius Room on the first floor.

Venue Information

www.novotelbrightonbeach.com.au/

Parking Information

Parking is charged at $15 per day per vehicle & $25 overnight. Guests will need to get their parking ticket validated at reception to receive this discounted rate. Please see map PDF Icon PDF [72 KB] for directions

Time

Session

9.00am – 9.05am

Welcome

9.05am – 9.20am

Opening Remarks

9.15am – 9.45am

Import Pathways

9.45am – 10.15am

Conditions and permits for goods

10.15am – 10.30am

Break

10.30am – 10.50am

Ballast Water

10.50am – 11.20am

Approved Arrangements & Fit and Proper Persons

11.20am – 11.50am

Compliance and Enforcement tools

11.50am – 12.10pm

Governance & reviews and States and Territories legislation

12.10pm – 12.30pm

Human Health

12.30pm – 1.00pm

Closing and networking

Adelaide Tuesday 22 March 2016

The Lakes Resort

141 Brebner Drive
West Lakes SA 5021

Google Maps

Sessions

Sessions will be held in the Southbank Room on the ground floor.

Venue Information

http://www.lakesresorthotel.com.au/

Parking Information

This venue has free onsite parking.

Time

Session

9.00am – 9.05am

Welcome

9.05am – 9.20am

Opening Remarks

9.15am – 9.45am

Import Pathways

9.45am – 10.15am

Conditions and permits for goods

10.15am – 10.30am

Break

10.30am – 10.50am

Ballast Water

10.50am – 11.20am

Approved Arrangements & Fit and Proper Persons

11.20am – 11.50am

Compliance and Enforcement tools

11.50am – 12.10pm

Governance & reviews and States and Territories legislation

12.10pm – 12.30pm

Human Health

12.30pm – 1.00pm

Closing and networking

** Parking at the Lakes Resort is available in front of the complex free of charge.

Brisbane Wednesday 23 March 2016

The Novotel Brisbane Airport

6-8 The Circuit
Brisbane Airport QLD 4007

Google Maps

Sessions

Sessions will be held in the Flynn Room on the ground floor.

Venue Information

www.novotelbrisbaneairport.com.au/

Parking Information

The open air car park adjacent to the hotel is no longer available due to recent changes within the Skygate Precinct. The following parking options are available:

  • 2 hours free parking at adjacent Woolworths carpark
  • 4 hours free parking at DFO Shopping Centre carpark
  • Pay per hour at the new multi-level carpark (see price list and map).

Time

Session

9.00am – 9.05am

Welcome

9.05am – 9.20am

Opening Remarks

9.15am – 9.45am

Import Pathways

9.45am – 10.15am

Conditions and permits for goods

10.15am – 10.30am

Break

10.30am – 10.50am

Ballast Water

10.50am – 11.20am

Approved Arrangements & Fit and Proper Persons

11.20am – 11.50am

Compliance and Enforcement tools

11.50am – 12.10pm

Governance & reviews and States and Territories legislation

12.10pm – 12.30pm

Human Health

12.30pm – 1.00pm

Closing and networking

** Please refer to the following link for parking arrangements PDF Icon PDF [268 KB]

Cairns Wednesday 30 March 2016

Double Tree Hotel by Hilton

121 The Esplanade
Cairns QLD 4870

Google Maps

Sessions

Sessions will be held in the Inlet Room on the ground floor.

Venue Information

www.DoubletreeCairns.com.au

Time

Session

9.00am – 9.05am

Welcome

9.05am – 9.20am

Opening Remarks

9.15am – 9.45am

Import Pathways

9.45am – 10.15am

Conditions and permits for goods

10.15am – 10.30am

Break

10.30am – 10.50am

Ballast Water

10.50am – 11.20am

Approved Arrangements & Fit and Proper Persons

11.20am – 11.50am

Compliance and Enforcement tools

11.50am – 12.10pm

Governance & reviews and States and Territories legislation

12.10pm – 12.30pm

Human Health

12.30pm – 1.00pm

Closing and networking

Darwin Thursday 31 March 2016

Mantra Pandanas

43 Knuckey Street
Darwin NT 0800

Google Maps

Sessions

Sessions will be held in the Veda Room on the ground floor.

Venue Information

www.mantra.com.au/darwinpandanas

Time

Session

9.00am

Welcome

9.05am

Opening Remarks

9.15am – 9.45am

Import Pathways

9.45am – 10.15am

Conditions and permits for goods

10.15am – 10.35

Ballast Water

10.35am

Break

10.50am – 11.20am

Installations

11.20am-11.50am

Approved Arrangements & Fit and Proper Persons

11.50am – 12.20pm

Compliance and Enforcement

12.20am – 12.40pm

Governance and reviews & S/T legislation

12.40pm -13.00pm

Human Health

13.00pm – 13.30pm

Closing & Further Questions/Networking

** Parking is available at a cost of $15 per day. Entrance to car park is from Litchfield Street.

Hobart Tuesday 5 April 2016

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

1 Davey Street
Hobart TAS 7000

Google Maps

Sessions

Sessions will be held in the Harbor Room on the mezzanine level.

Venue Information

www.grandchancellorhotels.com/hotel-grand-chancellor-hobart

Parking Information

The hotel has a car park which is accessible via Macquarie Street, the street directly behind the hotel. Self-parking is approximately $ 2.00 per hour or $10.00- 15.00 per day. Further parking information is available on the Hotelswebsite. 

Time

Session

9.00am – 9.05am

Welcome

9.05am – 9.20am

Opening Remarks

9.15am – 9.45am

Import Pathways

9.45am – 10.15am

Conditions and permits for goods

10.15am – 10.30am

Break

10.30am – 10.50am

Ballast Water

10.50am – 11.20am

Approved Arrangements & Fit and Proper Persons

11.20am – 11.50am

Compliance and Enforcement tools

11.50am – 12.10pm

Governance & reviews and States and Territories legislation

12.10pm – 12.30pm

Human Health

12.30pm – 1.00pm

Closing and networking

Melbourne Wednesday 6 April 2016

The Mantra Tullamarine Hotel

2 Trade Park Drive
Tullamarine VIC 3043

Google Maps

Sessions

Sessions will be held the Malmsbury Room on the ground floor.

Venue Information

www.mantra.com.au/Tullamarine

Parking Information

Limited free on street parking is available, further parking is available using the United Airport Parking structure next to the Mantra. The hotel has dedicated spaces available on level 4.

Time

Session

9.00am – 9.05am

Welcome

9.05am – 9.20am

Opening Remarks

9.15am – 9.45am

Import Pathways

9.45am – 10.15am

Conditions and permits for goods

10.15am – 10.30am

Break

10.30am – 10.50am

Ballast Water

10.50am – 11.20am

Approved Arrangements & Fit and Proper Persons

11.20am – 11.50am

Compliance and Enforcement tools

11.50am – 12.10pm

Governance & reviews and States and Territories legislation

12.10pm – 12.30pm

Human Health

12.30pm – 1.00pm

Closing and networking

Individual Session details

[expan​d all]

8:30 am – 8:50 am - Registration opens (all sessions)

8:50 am - 9:15 am - Welcome Opening Remarks

9:15 am – 10:00 am - Import Pathways CPD DOA006*

The Department exercises legislative powers to support trade and travel while protecting Australia from biosecurity risk. The new Act removes regulatory duplication, recognises modern business practices and supports a risk based approach to biosecurity. The new Act provides more streamlined powers to assess and manage biosecurity risks.

Changes to assessment and management powers under the new legislation will result in changes in some areas related to the importing of goods into Australia. Under the new legislation, imports become automatically subject to biosecurity once they are 12 nautical miles from mainland Australia. These goods then remain under biosecurity control until released. There are number of ways that goods can be released from Biosecurity control by a biosecurity officer. Biosecurity management powers, requirements and terminology are also clearer and more appropriate. There will be a new requirement for the person in charge of goods to report biosecurity incidents if their goods are still subject to biosecurity, this is a clear demonstration how we work in partnership to reach the most desirable biosecurity outcomes for Australia.

10:00 am - 10:30 am - Conditions and Permits for Goods

The Biosecurity Act 2015 provides powers to determine whether goods may be prohibited from being brought or imported into Australian territories and goods that may be brought or imported into Australian territories subject to biosecurity conditions, including the condition that an import permit is required. With the introduction of the new Act, importers will notice very little change in the processes associated with applying for, assessment of and granting of import permits.

The Act has some new powers and provisions including: the Director of Biosecurity and the Director of Human Biosecurity will jointly determine which goods are to be prohibited or require import conditions; the Director of Biosecurity can require a security (or bond) be given for goods that are intended to be imported; what information the Director of Biosecurity must consider when granting, varying, suspending or revoking a permit; the option to use a fit and proper persons test for permit applicants; and the power to suspend the importation of a class of goods for a period of up to six months while the biosecurity risk is considered.

10:30 am – 10:45 am - Compliance and Enforcement Tools

The Biosecurity Act 2015 provides new compliance and enforcement tools which are designed to better manage biosecurity risk. These include infringement notices, civil penalties, criminal sanctions, enforceable undertakings and injunctions, as well as new provisions relating to warrants and monitoring and investigation powers. This information session will provide participants with an overview of these enforcements tools to ensure all clients and stakeholders have a good understanding of what will be required from the start.

10:45 am – 11:00 am - Break 1

11:00 am – 12:00 pm - Approved Arrangements including Fit and Proper Person Requirements CPD DOA007

An approved arrangement is a voluntary arrangement under which a person is approved by the Commonwealth to undertake specific biosecurity activities. Approved arrangements provide opportunities to reduce regulatory burden and to manage biosecurity risk in the most efficient way. The Biosecurity Act will allow greater flexibility in the range and location of activities conducted under a single arrangement.

The focus of the implementation will be the legislatively imperative changes required to be in place by commencement in June 2016. The aim is to introduce these changes whilst minimising disruption for existing Quarantine Approved Premises (QAP) and Compliance Agreement (CA) operators. Key changes within the Biosecurity Act include implementation of mandatory fit and proper persons assessment, the ability to combine activities and locations under one arrangement, and changes to the approval period.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Ballast Water Information

The Biosecurity Act 2015 creates a national framework for regulating the biosecurity risks associated with ballast water carried by ships. The legislation implements a number of requirements prescribed by the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments 2004.

This session will discuss requirements including new reporting, survey and certification standards that will come in to effect with the commencement of the new legislation, in addition to an outline of the allowance of new methods of ballast water management, such as ballast water treatment technologies.

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Human Health Information

The biosecurity legislation provides powers to manage biosecurity risks associated with human health. The Department of Health owns the policies in relation to human diseases that cause significant harm to human health, while the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has responsibility to implement and operationalise these policies in the air and maritime environments.

Industry stakeholders will be informed of changes in the subject areas of ship sanitation, pratique for vessels and aircraft, quarantine signal for vessels, requirements to destroy disease agents on incoming or outgoing aircraft or vessels, managing ill travellers, managing individuals who have died in transit or on arrival, importing human remains, and terminology related to human health biosecurity.

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Governance and Reviews

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm Networking afternoon tea

For Perth and Darwin Sessions only:

For events hosted in Perth and Darwin Sessions will be regrouped to allow the addition of an additional session on Installations.

The biosecurity legislation provides powers to manage biosecurity risks associated with human health. The Department of Health owns the policies in relation to human diseases that cause significant harm to human health, while the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has responsibility to implement and operationalise these policies in the air and maritime environments.

Industry stakeholders will be informed of changes in the subject areas of ship sanitation, pratique for vessels and aircraft, quarantine signal for vessels, requirements to destroy disease agents on incoming or outgoing aircraft or vessels, managing ill travellers, managing individuals who have died in transit or on arrival, importing human remains, and terminology related to human health biosecurity.

Registration

You can register your interest in attending Biosecurity Legislation Information Sessions by completing the quick online registration form.

Registration for sessions is required for in accordance with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Scheme, as well as for catering purposes. If you have further questions about the sessions you can email: Compliance Coordination

Continuing Professional Development

The Biosecurity Legislation Information Sessions will be an accredited activity under the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Scheme for licensed Customs Brokers. Eligible sessions have been accredited three CPD points in Stream A by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and are marked with reference codes.

Subscribe to receive Import Industry advice alerts

The department provides up-to-date information about important changes to legislation, procedural or importing requirements for the cargo, shipping, mail, and food industries.

Subscribe now to receive an email alert when a updates to Import Industry Advice Notices or Imported Food Notices are published.

Privacy Statement

Personal information means any information or opinion about an identified, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable.

The collection of personal information by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) in relation to this form is for the purposes of:

  • registering your attendance at the 2016 Biosecurity Legislation Information Sessions
  • enabling the department to communicate with you regarding the sessions
  • providing you with targeted information that best suits your specified interest on stakeholder engagement
  • advising you of promotional activities associated with the sessions and any future sessions
  • obtaining feedback about past sessions, and
  • using the information for any other related purpose.

If the relevant personal information requested in this form is not provided by you, the department will be unable to register your attendance and any sessions attended will not be recognised for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accreditation. Personal information may be disclosed to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and other Australian agencies, persons or organisations where necessary for the above purposes, provided the disclosure is consistent with relevant laws, in particular the Privacy Act 1988. Your personal information will be used and stored in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles.

See the department’s Privacy Policy web page to learn more about accessing or correcting personal information or making a complaint. Alternatively, telephone the department on 1800 900 090.

​​​​​ ​​​ ​
Last reviewed:
29 Mar 2016