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Airlines and aircraft operators flying into Australia from overseas must meet biosecurity requirements administered by the Department of Agriculture.

The following represent the primary biosecurity responsibilities for aircraft operators with links to key information relevant to compliant arrival of international aircraft.

  • Pre-arrival reporting (PAR) - including updates to previously reported information about aircraft arrivals. If you are an aircraft operator needing to lodge a PAR or notify of other biosecurity incidents on board, click on the following link - Biosecurity – Airport Contacts List (NPPC Airport Guide).

  • First points and non-first points of entry landing places and applying to land aircraft or goods at a non-first point of entry

  • Non-Scheduled flights – The operator of an aircraft on a non-scheduled flight must report additional information to the airport of arrival.

  • In-flight passenger announcements– These are mandatory announcements and must not be edited.

  • Aircraft disinsection – including the Aircraft Disinsection Information (ADI) Database and user guide

  • Biosecurity waste management – must be managed by a service provider that has entered into an approved arrangement with the department or under the department’s supervision on a fee for service basis.

  • Biosecurity incidents on-board arriving aircraft - The operator of an aircraft must report if there are any changes in circumstances on-board the aircraft to the airport of arrival. Biosecurity – Airport Contacts List.

The Guideline for airline and aircraft operators arriving in Australia provides a consolidated guidance of the above requirements for aircraft arriving compliant for biosecurity.

Biosecurity information has also been reflected in the Air services Australia - Aeronautical Information Pack (AIP), that is provided in the context of the AIP.

Infrastructure Development by Australian Airport Operators

Port operators seeking to introduce international services at a port where border services are not currently provided, or anticipating changes to an existing business model that impact on existing border services, must apply through the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities (Infrastructure). Port operators are encouraged to contact Infrastructure early in the development of a proposal.

The Australian Government has established this new clear, transparent and consistent process to help ensure that border services are available at ports when they are required. This approach allows border agencies to continue to provide high quality, critical border services to ensure border integrity and the safety of the Australian community, as the number of international travellers continue to grow.

Other information

Aircraft Disinsection Videos: A series of videos have been released for airlines, demonstrating the different types of disinsection methods and how they must be applied.