Training and accreditation for approved arrangements

​​​​​For approval of a proposed arrangement (AA) 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 AA accreditation

It is a requirement in most AAs that they are operated by an Accredited Person, except for the following:

  • bulbs (class 6.11)
  • Police and Defence dogs (class 7.8).
AA 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 (BIP) who ultimately has responsibility for having staff that are aware of the class requirements when handling goods subject to biosecurity control. The BIP must present records of attendance for accreditation training when requested by the department.

The department will not maintain lists of Accredited Persons. BIPs 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 BIP 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
  • recordkeeping.
Training material is to be based on what Accredited Persons must do to ensure the BIP is compliant with the requirements of the AA 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 BIPs 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, BIPs will be notified and advised the date the reaccreditation training must be completed by.

BIPs will need to provide proof the reaccreditation training has occurred by providing either copies of certificate from online training or proof of training from BIP (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 BIP 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 AA 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 AA 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.

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

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.

Accreditation

After successful completion of training, you are required to register with the department to obtain accreditation under both approved arrangements. Please send your request to the Broker Engagement Team for assessment. The email must include:

  • a completed NCCC and AEPCOMM registration form
  • A copy of the statement of attainment for TLIX5054
  • evidence of your customs broker Licence number

If requirements are satisfied, you will receive an email confirming your accreditation number. To be able to lodge entries under both approved arrangements, you must be a licensed customs broker or an approved self-reporting importer.

To maintain your accreditation you are required to undertake any Continued Biosecurity Competency (CBC) sessions scheduled by the department for each CBC period.

Approved Person status was previously recognised under the approved arrangements for people employed as support staff to licensed customs brokers and self-reporting importers that had completed the required training.

  • Obtaining an Approved Person status for the NCCC and AEPCOMM approved arrangements is no longer a requirement by the department. This means: Any reference to the term ‘Approved Person’ will be removed from the policy
  • The department will no longer keep records of registered Approved Persons

Biosecurity Industry Participants (BIPs) are encouraged to urge all staff involved in biosecurity clearance procedures to undertake relevant training and attend CBC sessions. It is in the best interest of the BIP that employees dealing with biosecurity matters are familiar with the department’s requirements.

Continued Biosecurity Competency (CBC) sessions

CBC was developed for the management of competency training for the 19.1 Non Commodity for Containerised Cargo Clearance (NCCC) and 19.2 Automatic Entry Processing for Commodities (AEPCOMM) Approved Arrangements or collectively known as the Broker Approved Arrangements.

CBC creates an opportunity for Industry, Biosecurity Industry Participants and their associates to maintain competency levels and demonstrate their ongoing capability to carry out activities under an Approved Arrangement.

Accredited persons under the Broker Approved Arrangements must complete scheduled CBC sessions to maintain their accreditation. Accredited persons who do not obtain the required amount of ongoing training in CBC may be suspended from using their accreditation under the Broker Approved Arrangements.

The CBC period will run from 1 April to 31 March and the CBC sessions will cover any changes to the approved arrangements or any matters of biosecurity concern. The department envisages mandatory CBC sessions will be conducted at least once per CBC period however, if the department deems it necessary additional sessions or activities will be scheduled and Industry will be notified.

More often CBC will consist of information sessions with material the department would like to disseminate to industry however, other times a CBC session may be in the form of an activity.

A CBC activity will refer to a task and/or an assessment Accredited Persons for the Broker Approved Arrangements will have to complete when stipulated by the department. Most likely an activity will be in an online format.

Each information session or activity will be allocated a unique reference number to help identify what session/s must be attended.

CBC sessions will be run by providers that currently conduct the Continued Professional Development Scheme for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Evidence of attendance at CBC sessions must be kept by participants and made available to the department at audit.

What are the CBC requirements for 2017 and 2018 CBC period?

For the 2017-2018 CBC period there are 2 compulsory CBC sessions scheduled as detailed in the table below.

Table 1 - CBC sessions for 2017 and 2018 CBC period
 Reference numberAccredited persons for:Completion date
CBC Information session17-18/0119.1 NCCC and 19.2 AEPCOMM31 March 2018
CBC Activity17-18/0219.2 AEPCOMM31 July 2017

Accredited persons for 19.1 NCCC must undertake CBC session 17-18/01 only.

Accredited persons for 19.2 AEPCOMM must undertake both CBC sessions: 17-18/01 as well as 17-18/02 to maintain their accreditation.

Note: The CBC reference number refers to the CBC period and session number.

Activity 17-18/02 has been developed to support the implementation of phase 1 AEPCOMM changes 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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