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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AA site 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 online.

Enrol in the online Accredited Person training.

External Container and Empty Container assessment arrangements

If you hold accreditation under the external container and/or empty container assessment arrangements you are only accredited for that arrangement. To become accredited for other arrangements you must successfully complete the online Accredited Person training.

Renewing your accreditation

Renewal requirements depend on the class and certificate date of your accreditation.
If you are already 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 already 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 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 2008 or later, this is valid for two years from the accreditation date.

AA Accredited Persons (Classes 1-8) must successfully complete reaccreditation training every two years from the date of their most recent certificate.

AA reaccreditation training is available online. Please note that the 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.

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

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


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.


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:

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 licenced customs broker or an approved self-reporting importer.

To maintain your accreditation you are required to attend Continued Biosecurity Competency sessions (approximately 1hr each) twice a year (or more if required by the department).

Continued biosecurity competency (CBC) sessions

CBC is regular information sessions you must complete to maintain accreditation under the NCCC and AEPCOMM AAs. Persons who do not obtain the required amount of ongoing training in CBC will be suspended from their AAs.

CBC sessions will be conducted every 6 to 12 months (the CBC period will run from 1 April to 31 March each year) and they will cover any changes to the AAs or any matters of biosecurity concern.

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.