Approved arrangements, previously Quarantine Approved Premises and Compliance Agreements, are voluntary arrangements entered into with the Department of Agriculture.
These arrangements allow operators to manage biosecurity risks and/or perform the documentary assessment of goods in accordance with departmental requirements, using their own sites, facilities, equipment and people, and without constant supervision by the department and with occasional compliance monitoring or auditing.
The department has developed a video explaining how to manage pests and diseases that may be present in imported goods and containers at approved arrangement sites.
If you hold an approved arrangement or work on a site that holds an approved arrangement, make sure you know and comply with your conditions when handling imported goods and understand what to do when you identify a potential biosecurity risk.
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To enter into an approved arrangement, and maintain your approved status, you will need to make an application and prove that you can meet requirements set by the department.
If you are interested in entering into an approved arrangement, you will need to
make an application to the department.
As part of this application you must prove that you have met the requirements for the type of arrangement you are proposing, including the
fit and proper person test.
Requirements for approval of an arrangement, and the maintenance of approved status, are determined based on the class of approved arrangement.
The class type applied to your approved arrangement is a category based system that reflects the:
You may be required to meet
training and accreditation requirements before your proposed arrangement is approved by the department. Accreditation must be kept up to date to maintain your approved status.
The process for assessing and monitoring compliance in an approved arrangement, and handling of cases of noncompliance, is outlined in the
Approved arrangement general policies.
If you need to make use of an existing approved arrangement site, the department maintains a
list of sites that have an arrangement with the department.
If you need to revoke or change your
current broker approved arrangement, depending on the type of change, you may be required to complete an application.
If you need to make a
change to or vary your current non-broker approved arrangement, depending on the type of change, you will be required to complete an application.
If you have an existing approved arrangement, you must notify the department if you are planning to suspend all operations, some operations or if you wish to revoke
Containment approved arrangement sites (class 5, 7.2, 7.3 and 7.4) must meet the design and construction aspects of the Australian/New Zealand Standards AS/NZS 2982.1:1997 (Laboratory Design and Construction) and AS/NZS 2243.3:2002 (Safety in Laboratories Standards.
Compliance with these standards is assessed by a
departmental approved third party assessor.
There are fees and levies payable for approved arrangement activities, including:
The department provides guidance for participants in approved arrangements to help them comply with operational requirements. This includes:
Please contact the department for more information regarding approved arrangements.