Training and accreditation for approved arrangements

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​For approval of a proposed approved arrangement with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, you may need to meet specific training and accreditation requirements.​

You will also be required to keep your training current to maintain your approved status.

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Non-broker approved arrangement accreditation

It is a requirement in most approved arrangements that they are operated by an accredited person, except for the following:

  • bulbs (class 6.11)
  • Police and Defence dogs (class 7.8).

Approved arrangement accreditation training covers classes 1-8, 10, 11 and 12 and must be completed either online or in-house.

Enrol in the online accredited person training.

Technical and administrative support

For technical and administrative support for the online training system, please contact:
Tankstream Systems Pty Ltd
Phone: 1300 792 151
Fax: 1300 798 161
Email Support
Mail: PO Box 281 Chatswood NSW 2057

In-house training

To be considered an accredited person, in-house training must be successfully completed. Successfully completed will be determined by the biosecurity industry participant who ultimately has responsibility for having staff that are aware of the class requirements when handling goods subject to biosecurity control. The biosecurity industry participant must present records of attendance for accreditation training when requested by the department.

The department will not maintain lists of accredited persons. Biosecurity industry participants  must provide either copies of the online training accreditation certificate or attendance at accreditation training records.

The department will not approve the content of in-house training. The effectiveness of the training will be determined during an audit.

Persons who complete in-house training accreditation are only considered accredited while employed by the biosecurity industry participant who delivered the training (it is not transferable).

In-house training must include the following biosecurity topics:

  • responsibilities of accredited persons
  • management of biosecurity risk (containment, treatment, disposal)
  • security and isolation
  • hygiene
  • inspections (for those classes undertaking inspections of containers)
  • dunnage and waste disposal
  • record keeping.

Training material is to be based on what accredited persons must do to ensure the biosecurity industry participant is compliant with the requirements of the class/es they are approved for.

Reaccreditation - Renewing your accreditation

Reaccreditation is now only required when specified by the department. This means there is no longer a requirement to renew your accreditation every two years.

The department will advise biosecurity industry participants when reaccreditation training must be undertaken. Reaccreditation may be required as a result of:

  • changes to requirements
  • critical non-compliance
  • failed audit.

Where the department has made a change to requirements that result in accredited persons needing to undertake reaccreditation training, biosecurity industry participants will be notified and advised the date the reaccreditation training must be completed by. Biosecurity industry participants will need to provide proof the reaccreditation training has occurred by providing either copies of certificate from online training or proof of training from biosecurity industry participant (attendance record).

Where it is determined during a show cause process, or as a result of a failed audit, that reaccreditation of Accredited Persons is required, the biosecurity industry participant must provide proof of reaccreditation as part of the rectification process.

Reaccreditation can be via online or in-house training.

Please note that the online reaccreditation training package has been incorporated into the approved arrangement accreditation for accredited persons (Classes 1-8) training course.

Enrol in the online reaccreditation training.

Valid accreditation – as from February 2017

If you are accredited under class 1, with an accreditation certificate dated 1 January 2007 or later:

  • your accreditation is still valid
  • you are also automatically accredited for classes 1-8, 10, 11 and 12
  • you are required to renew only when advised by the department.

If you are accredited under the external container or the empty container assessment arrangements, with an accreditation certificate dated 1 January 2007 or later:

  • your accreditation is still valid
  • you are also automatically accredited for classes 1-8, 10, 11 and 12
  • you are required to renew only when advised by the department.

If you are accredited under the approved arrangement accreditation for accredited persons (Classes 1-8) course with a certificate dated February 2015 or later:

  • your accreditation is still valid
  • you are also automatically accredited for classes 10, 11 and 12
  • you are required to renew only when advised by the department.

If you attended in-house accreditation training with your current employer:

  • your accreditation is valid
  • you are required to renew only when advised by the department
  • your accreditation expires when you leave your current employer.

Note:

Please note that as of 2 January 2018, the department will charge $30 to re-issue a class 1-8 accreditation certificate. Please follow the following link to access the department’s charging guidelines 2017.

Fumigation accreditation

Fumigators performing treatments with methyl bromide under the onshore fumigation approved arrangement must be accredited with the department.

Accreditation is achieved by:

  • completing the department’s methyl bromide fumigation training course
  • demonstrating an understanding of, and ability to comply with, the department’s requirements.
  • Before performing fumigation treatment as directed by the department, you must also hold the appropriate qualifications and/or licenses for the state or territory in which the fumigation is being performed.
  • Please contact the local authorities to obtain the relevant licensing requirements for your area.

Training providers

There are several commercial training organisations, approved by the department, that are able to provide fumigation training.
For information on any upcoming courses, or to arrange your own training, please contact the department by emailing AFAS.

Broker accreditation

Training and accreditation for broker approved arrangements (class 19.1 and class 19.2)

To be able to operate under the Non-commodity for Containerised Cargo Clearance (NCCC) and Automatic Entry Processing for Commodities (AEPCOMM) AA, you must complete the unit of competency TLIX5054 Comply with Biosecurity Border Clearance. This unit of competency is offered by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). Please refer to your RTO for specific information regarding their courses.

To be able to become an accredited person for the NCCC and AEPCOMM approved arrangements you must comply with the following prerequisites:

  • have obtained a certificate of attainment in the unit of competency TLIX5054 – Comply with biosecurity border clearance
  • be a licensed customs broker or self-reporting importer
  • If prerequisites are met, you may register with the department requesting accreditation to operate under the NCCC and AEPCOMM approved arrangements by providing the department with:
  • a completed registration form
  • a copy of your TLIX5054 statement of attainment
Accreditation requests should be sent to Broker Accreditation

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Continued Biosecurity Competency (CBC)

In order to maintain your accreditation for the NCCC and AEPCOMM approved arrangements accredited persons must complete the continued biosecurity competency (CBC) sessions stipulated by the department in a given CBC period by the due date.

Failure to comply with CBC requirements will result in suspension or cancellation or your accreditation. Additionally, it may result in sanctions against the BIP.

CBC completion records will be kept and managed by CBC providers however, it is also your responsibility to keep your own evidence of CBC completion as they may be requested by the department.

For full details relating to training and accreditation for the broker arrangements please refer to the Training and accreditation for broker approved arrangements (class 19.1 and class 19.2) policy on the table above.

Please send any enquiries regarding the information on this page to Broker Accreditation.

CBC session requirements for the current CBC period (1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019)

There are 3 CBC sessions scheduled for the 2018-2019 period as detailed in the table below.

CBC Session Reference numberDue dateOptional/Mandatory
Information session18-19/0131 March 2019Mandatory
NCCC activity18-19/024 June 2018Mandatory
AEPCOMM activity18-19/034 June 2018Mandatory

Accredited persons for the Class 19.1 AA (NCCC) must undertake CBC sessions 18-19/01 and 18-19/02

Accredited persons for the Class 19.2 AA (AEPCOMM) must undertake all sessions.

Activities 18-19/02 and 18-19/03 have been developed to assist accredited persons to understand system changes as part of phase 2 of the AEP Reform and will be coordinated by Customs Brokers & Forwarders Council of Australia (CBFCA) and Freight Trade Alliance (FTA) in association with the department. Please direct enquiries regarding the CBC activity to these providers.

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