Summary of major changes to the Australian Wood Packaging Scheme (AWPCS) - Version 3.0

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Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, May 2017

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General updates throughout:

  • All reference to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) have been replaced throughout the document with Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
  • All reference to DAFF have been change to ‘the department’ or ’department’.
  • All references to non-compliance have been changed to non-conformance.
  • All reference to ‘shall’ have been changed to ‘must’.
  • All reference to ‘cancelled’ have been changed to ‘revoked’.
  • Document has been updated to comply with departmental web publishing requirements as well as edited for accessibility and readability.

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1.5 Definitions

  • Information about dialectric heating as a treatment for wood packaging has been added to the definition.

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1.6 International Standards and Legislation

  • Updated legislation references to include current legislation and changed heading.

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2.2 Dialectric heating (DH)

  • Information about dialectric heating as a treatment for wood packaging has been added to approved treatment options.

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5.5.1 Frequency of audits
  • The option to decrease the audit frequency from bi-annual to annual if a facility has been compliant in its previous audits, and a newly accredited facility has been compliant in two biannual audits for its first year of accreditation.
  • In the event of a non-conformance, the facility returns to 6 monthly audits until they have achieved two successive audits with zero non-conformities.
5.5.2 Major and minor non-conformities
  • That three minor non-conformities results in a major non-conformity rather than two non-conformities equating to a major non-conformity.