Applying for an approved arrangement

​​​​When assessing your application for an approved arrangement (AA), the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources takes into account:

  • the nature of the goods that will be managed under the AA
  • any biosecurity risks posed by those goods.

If your application is approved, the department will specify conditions that you must meet to ensure these risks are minimised.

Please note that trusts cannot make an application for an AA to be a biosecurity industry participant under the Biosecurity Act. An application purported to be made by a trust is not a valid application for the purposes of section 405 of the Biosecurity Act.

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Application process

If you or your business are seeking approval to enter into an AA, you will need to complete the appropriate Application for approval of an approved arrangement.

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Class 19.1 and 19.2 brokers: Application for approval of an approved arrangement6Word172 KB

Class 19.1 and 19.2 brokers: Application for approval of an approved arrangement

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Class 43.1 disinsection treatments: Application for approval of an approved arrangement

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Class 43.1 disinsection treatments: Application for approval of an approved arrangement

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All other classes: Application for approval of an approved arrangement

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All other classes: Application for approval of an approved arrangement

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The department can provide you with general advice prior to lodging an application. If you need specific information or want an officer to visit your site you will need to lodge an application and pay the application fee first.

To obtain approval, you will need to:

After the application and supporting information is submitted to the department, you will be required to pay an application fee if you do not currently hold an AA with the department.

Roles and responsibilities

You will need to determine roles that are relevant to your business to be able to complete the application, these roles can either be different or the same people.

RoleResponsibility
DelegatePerson with the delegation to submit the application.
AA managerPerson who will be responsible for the AA. Previously the nominated senior manager.
AA site contactPerson who will be the contact for a particular site. Previously the contact person.

Approval process

The department must make a decision to either approve or refuse your application within 90 days of receipt of your application, and 120 days for technical applications.

If the department cannot make a decision within this time your application will be refused. If you want to continue with your application after it has been refused, you will need to lodge a new application and pay a new application fee.

It is important that you are confident that you meet the requirements for approval at the time you lodge your application, and you are ready to be assessed at an onsite audit. If you do not meet the requirements for approval there is limited time to address concerns prior to the department making a decision on your application.

Once the application, supporting information and any relevant application fee have been received, an initial assessment is conducted to ensure that the applicable requirements have been met.

After the successful completion of the initial assessment, if the proposed arrangement involves the physical handling of goods, a pre-approval audit may be required to assess site facilities and equipment requirements.

Applications are subject to approval by the Director of Biosecurity and will be assessed on their individual merits, with consideration being given to the:

  • capability of the applicant to carry out the arrangement
  • applicant having any necessary equipment and facilities to carry out the arrangement
  • applicant being a fit and proper person
  • level of biosecurity risk associated with the proposed arrangement
  • capability of the arrangement to be monitored for compliance with the Biosecurity Act 2015.

If the department requires further information from you to support your application, you will receive a formal notice requesting this information. The request will include the date by which the information must be provided to the department. The date will generally be 60 calendar days from the date of the request. The 90 day consideration period will be extended by the amount of time it takes you to provide the requested information (up to the maximum time stated in the notice).

If you do not supply the information by the date on the request your application may be refused. If you want to continue with your application after it has been refused, you will need to lodge a new application and pay a new application fee.

Fees

The approval of your proposed arrangement may be subject to payment of an application lodgment levy. The application levy only applies to entities entering into an arrangement with the department for the first time. An entity is defined by their Australian Business Number (ABN).

Time taken to assess the application will be charged at fee-for-service rates. There is no difference in the time taken to assess an application, regardless of the time of year an application is lodged.

Fees for the pre-approval audit, including pre and post audit activities, will be charged according to the out-of-office fee-for-service rate.

A single annual levy is payable per entity upon approval, and at the end of every financial year.

Information about current fees and levies are available in the department’s charging guidelines.

Training

Some training may be required as part of the approval process depending on the class of AA you are applying for.

Co-located sites

More information regarding the co-location of AA sites is available in the Approved arrangements general policies.

Biosecurity containment sites

The department requires that sites conducting biosecurity containment activities under an AA must comply with the design and construction aspects of these standards:

  • Australian/New Zealand Standards AS/NZS 2982.1:1997 (Laboratory Design and Construction)
  • AS/NZS 2243.3:2002 (Safety in Laboratories).

A departmental approved third party assessor must be engaged to undertake an assessment against the relevant standards.

Further information

Please contact the department for more information regarding the application process.

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