The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources manages the biosecurity risks posed by the arrival of international vessels, people and goods by regulating where vessels can moor or aircraft land when they enter Australia. These ports or landing places are known as first points of entry.
We are developing new standards to provide greater clarity on the requirements operators at first points of entry must meet under biosecurity legislation.
The standards will:
- set out what operators need to do to gain or maintain first point of entry status
- replace current transitional arrangements for first points of entry that expire in June 2019.
Feedback on the draft standards and associated biosecurity risk management templates is now being sought.
Submissions must be lodged by 24 February 2017.
When the Biosecurity Act commenced in June 2016, existing ports and landing places were issued temporary determinations to allow them to continue to operate as first points of entry. These determinations expire in June 2019.
Operators at first points of entry who wish to maintain their status and continue regular international operations beyond June 2019 must demonstrate that they can meet the new standards.
The standards will ensure operators have the procedures and infrastructure in place to:
- manage the biosecurity risks associated with arriving vessels or aircraft, their passengers and cargo
- respond to and report biosecurity incidents or incursions
- manage waste appropriately
- support biosecurity officers to safely and effectively assess, inspect and treat goods under biosecurity control
- manage the environment around the port of entry to reduce its receptivity to pests and diseases of biosecurity concern.
We will continue to work with operators to assess first point of entry sites against the standards and anticipate that all assessments will be completed by the end of June 2017. This timeframe is designed to maximise the time available to operators to make any necessary adjustments.
Feedback on proposed new standards
You can now provide feedback on:
- draft first point of entry biosecurity standards (ports)
- draft first point of entry biosecurity standards (landing places).
Feedback on these documents is due by 24 February 2017.
To make a submission:
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