MARS communications and training materials

​​​​​​​​​​​The Quick Reference Guides, How to complete the PAR offline form QRG013 PDF [1.26 MB, 4 pages] and How to complete the Ballast water report offline form QRG014 PDF [1.36 MB, 4 pages] have recently been updated and translated into seven languages: Hindi, Tagalog, Russian, Greek, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Korean.

The Quick reference guide, Non-first points of entry QRG05 PDF [780 KB, 2 pages] has been recently updated.

Using the MARS Offline form for itinerary updates

The MARS itinerary update form is for agents and masters to advise the department of changes to a vessel’s itinerary for a voyage.

  1. Use this form for changes after a PAR has already been submitted, for changes to a vessel’s subsequent port itinerary.
  2. Masters and agents to complete the form and email it to the MNCC to action.

Getting help for vessel arrivals into Australia

The Department’s Maritime National Coordination Centre (MNCC’s) supports your arrival. MNCC operating hours are between 0600-2100 (ACST). Contact 1300 004 605 (free call in Australia). Outside Australia + 61 8 8201 6185.

Download tools to support the MARS implementation

You can download copies of these products or talk to local biosecurity officers about obtaining a MARS information pack.

If you have difficulty accessing these files, visit web accessibility for assistance.

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MARS and what it means for you

This brochure introduces the reporting obligations for MARS, as well as options for access, registration, inspection, billing and invoicing, and the Biosecurity Status Document (BSD). It also introduces the Vessel Compliance Scheme (VCS) and includes feedback from peak industry bodies and agents that have been involved in MARS testing.

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MARS and what it means for you PDF

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997 KB

Pest Alert! Do you have stowaways on board?

Be aware of biosecurity risks on board your vessel. This guide is designed to help you identify pests most likely to stowaway on board.

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Pest Alert! Do You Have Stowaways on Board? PDF

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486 KB

Australia's biosecurity checklist for commercial vessels - Get ready for arrival

A simple checklist tool to help vessel operators get ready for arrival in Australia and prepare the vessel to meet Australia’s biosecurity requirements.

DocumentPagesFile size
Australia’s biosecurity checklist for commercial vessels (English) PDF 2213 KB
Australia’s biosecurity checklist for commercial vessels (English) DOCX 2608 KB
澳大利亚用于商业船舶 生物安全的核对单 (Simplified Chinese) PDF 2252 KB
澳大利亚用于商业船舶 生物安全的核对单 (Simplified Chinese) DOCX 2596 KB
Αυστραλιανή Λίστα Ελέγχου Βιοασφάλειας Εμπορικών Σκαφών (Greek) PDF 2204 KB
Αυστραλιανή Λίστα Ελέγχου Βιοασφάλειας Εμπορικών Σκαφών (Greek) DOCX 2616 KB
商用船に対するオーストラリア のバイオセキュリティ要件の チェックリスト(Japanese) PDF 2212 KB
商用船に対するオーストラリア のバイオセキュリティ要件の チェックリスト(Japanese) DOCX 2612 KB
상업용 선박을 위한 호주 차단 방역 확인 리스트 (Korean) PDF 2224 KB
상업용 선박을 위한 호주 차단 방역 확인 리스트 (Korean) DOCX 2588 KB
Австралийская памятка по биологической безопасности для коммерческих судов (Russian) PDF 2196 KB
Австралийская памятка по биологической безопасности для коммерческих судов (Russian) DOCX 2572 KB
Listahang pangmarka ng Biyoseguridad para sa Mga Pangkalakal na Sasakyang Pandagat ng Australya (Tagalog) PDF 2180 KB
Listahang pangmarka ng Biyoseguridad para sa Mga Pangkalakal na Sasakyang Pandagat ng Australya (Tagalog) DOCX 2648 KB
रालणल्रक जहाजों केललए ऑसट्ेललरा की जैरसुरक्षा (Hindi) PDF 2252 KB
रालणल्रक जहाजों केललए ऑसट्ेललरा की जैरसुरक्षा (Hindi) DOCX 2588 KB

Australia's biosecurity checklist for commercial vessels - Vessel documentation checklist

Vessel Documentation checklist

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Get Vessel Documentation Ready For Inspection (checklist) PDF 1567 KB

Vessel Compliance Scheme (VCS) for commercial maritime vessels

Building on the Biosecurity Checklist (above), these two VCS products provide full details on how you can comply with Australia’s biosecurity obligations, as well as the consequences of not complying.

The VCS has been designed with the best interest of vessel operators and shipping agents in mind. The scheme has been developed to improve the transparency of the risks biosecurity officers will focus on as part of the inspections, and the consequences of non-compliance.

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VCS (brochure) PDF 2279 KB
VCS (poster) PDF 1204 KB

MARS Quick Reference Guides (QRGs)

A selection of 2-page Quick Reference Guides are available to assist you with the most common activities when starting to use MARS.

DocumentPagesFile size
Accessing MARS QRG01 PDF 2804 KB
MARS Agency Administrator Approval QRG02 PDF 2263 KB
Pre-Arrival Report (PAR) QRG03 PDF 2778 KB
Ballast Water Report QRG04 PDF 2780 KB
Non-First Points of Entry QRG05 PDF 2785 KB
Vessels Exposed to Installations QRG06 PDF 2256 KB
Registration – Setting Up Your Billing QRG015 PDF 2772 KB
Reporting for External Territories QRG016 PDF 2247 KB
Australian Sourced Ballast Application QRG19 PDF
2776 KB
Australian Sourced Ballast Application QRG19 DOCX 261 KB
Submitting Service Requests:
Waste Removal QRG07 PDF 2885 KB
Coastal Strip QRG08 PDF 2265 KB
Crew Change QRG010 PDF 2272 KB
Human Health Update QRG011 PDF 2222 KB
Sanitation Certification QRG012 PDF 2897 KB
Search Requests:
Tips for searching for a vessel in MARS QRG09 PDF 2783 KB
TIPS FOR MASTERS:
How to complete the PAR Offline Form
How to complete the PAR Offline Form QRG013 PDF 41.2 MB
给船长的提示:
如何填写抵港前报告离线
表格(PAR Offline Form)(Simplified Chinese) PDF
4527 KB
给船长的提示:
如何填写抵港前报告离线
表格(PAR Offline Form)(Simplified Chinese) DOCX
41.5 MB
Συμβουλές προς τους
Πλοιάρχους
Πώς να συμπληρώσετε την
Offline Φόρμα PAR (Greek) PDF
4296 KB
Συμβουλές προς τους
Πλοιάρχους
Πώς να συμπληρώσετε την
Offline Φόρμα PAR (Greek) DOCX
41.5 MB
जहाज के मास्टरों के लि ए निर् देश
PAR ऑफलाइन फॉर्म कैसे भरें (Hindi) PDF
4615 KB
जहाज के मास्टरों के लि ए निर् देश
PAR ऑफलाइन फॉर्म कैसे भरें (Hindi) DOCX
45 MB
船長のためのヒント
PARオフラインフォーム
の記入方法 (Japanese) PDF
4489 KB
船長のためのヒント
PARオフラインフォーム
の記入方法 (Japanese) DOCX
41.7 MB
선박 선장을 위한 정보
PAR 오프라인 양식
작성 방법 (Korean) PDF
4389 KB
선박 선장을 위한 정보
PAR 오프라인 양식
작성 방법 (Korean) DOCX
41.5MB
Советы для капитанов судов
Как заполнять бланк
предварительного извещения
о прибытии в порт Pre-Arrival
Report (PAR) в режиме оффлайн (Russian) PDF
4454 KB
Советы для капитанов судов
Как заполнять бланк
предварительного извещения
о прибытии в порт Pre-Arrival
Report (PAR) в режиме оффлайн (Russian) DOCX
41.6 MB
Mga pabatid para sa mga
Pinuno ng Sasakyang Pandagat
(Vessel Masters) Kung paano
kompletuhin sa Offline ang
Porma ng PAR (Tagalog) (PAR Offline Form) PDF
4441 KB
Mga pabatid para sa mga
Pinuno ng Sasakyang Pandagat
(Vessel Masters) Kung paano
kompletuhin sa Offline ang
Porma ng PAR (Tagalog) (PAR Offline Form) DOCX
41.5 MB
How to complete the Ballast Water Report Offline Form
How to complete the Ballast Water Report Offline Form QRG014 PDF 41.3 MB
给船长的提示:
如何填写压载水报告
离线表格 (Simplified Chinese) PDF
4629 KB
给船长的提示:
如何填写压载水报告
离线表格 (Simplified Chinese) DOCX
41.4 MB
Συμβουλές προς τους
Πλοιάρχους
Πώς να συμπληρώσετε την
Offline Φόρμα
Έκθεση Θαλασσέρματος (Greek) PDF
4409 KB
Συμβουλές προς τους
Πλοιάρχους
Πώς να συμπληρώσετε την
Offline Φόρμα
Έκθεση Θαλασσέρματος (Greek) DOCX
41.2 MB
जहाज के मास्टरों के लि ए निर् देश
बैलास्ट वॉटर रिपोर्ट
ऑफलाइन फॉर्म कैसे भरें (Hindi) PDF
4686 KB
जहाज के मास्टरों के लि ए निर् देश
बैलास्ट वॉटर रिपोर्ट
ऑफलाइन फॉर्म कैसे भरें (Hindi) DOCX
44.7 MB
船長のためのヒント -
Ballast Water Report
(バラスト水管理レポート)
オフラインフォームの
入力方法 (Japanese) PDF
4588 KB
船長のためのヒント -
Ballast Water Report
(バラスト水管理レポート)
オフラインフォームの
入力方法 (Japanese) DOCX
46.9 MB
선박 선장을 위한 정보
선박평형수 보고서
오프라인 양식 작성
방법 (Korean) PDF
4475 KB
선박 선장을 위한 정보
선박평형수 보고서
오프라인 양식 작성
방법 (Korean) DOCX
41.5 MB
Советы для капитанов судов
Как заполнять бланк Отчёта о
водяном балласте (Ballast Water
Report) в режиме оффлайн (Russian) PDF
4540 KB
Советы для капитанов судов
Как заполнять бланк Отчёта о
водяном балласте (Ballast Water
Report) в режиме оффлайн (Russian) DOCX
41.4 MB
Mga pabatid para sa mga
Pinuno ng Sasakyang Pandagat
(Vessel Masters) Kung paano
kompletuhin sa Offline ang
Porma ng (Tagalog) Ballast Water Report
(Ballast Water Report Offline Form) PDF
4510 KB
Mga pabatid para sa mga
Pinuno ng Sasakyang Pandagat
(Vessel Masters) Kung paano
kompletuhin sa Offline ang
Porma ng (Tagalog) Ballast Water Report
(Ballast Water Report Offline Form) DOCX
41.4 MB

QRGs can be used in conjunction with the detailed MARS User Guides and FAQs.

MARS user guides - Updated 16 March 2017

These two comprehensive user guides provide step-by-step instructions for accessing and using MARS functionality. There are two guides, based on your MARS user roles, as either a vessel master or as an agent. Last updated 16 March 2017.

DocumentPagesFile size
MARS Vessel Master User Guide PDF 1396.74 MB
MARS Vessel Agent User Guide PDF 1286.80 MB

MARS FAQs

A list of frequently asked questions about MARS.

Biosecurity clearance of vessels and MARS interactive eLearning tool

To support the implementation of MARS we have released an interactive learning tool to help our clients and stakeholders gain an understanding of Australia’s biosecurit​y vessel clearance process, learn about the Vessel Compliance Scheme (VCS) and gain an overview MARS.

This eLearning tool will provide an introduction to the maritime pathway and also explain your biosecurity obligations. The tool introduces the:

  • maritime pathway regulatory obligations
  • roles and responsibilities
  • why and what the department assesses
  • the Vessel Compliance Scheme
  • MARS and its functionality.

Launch the Biosecurity Clearance of Vessels and MARS Interactive Learning

This learning tool uses Adobe Flash Player. If you experience errors, review your Flash Player settings or access the assistive technology version, select ‘Yes’ in the Before you start window on the index page.

For help accessing the learning tool email MARS or phone 1800 900 090 or + 61 3 8318 6700 (from outside Australia).

© Commonwealth of Australia 2017

The Biosecurity Clearance of Vessels and MARS interactive learning tool (the tool) is protected by copyright. You may download and use the tool and its contents for personal non-commercial use or use within your organisation but you may not otherwise copy or change the tool or its contents. You must not alter or remove any copyright statement or logo included on, or in connection with, the tool. Requests for further authorisation should be directed to the Assistant Secretary, Compliance, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, email MARS.