Documentary requirements for clearance

​​​​​​​​​​Review of documentary requirements

The department of Agriculture and Water Resources reviewed the documentary requirements for the clearance of imported goods in 2015. The purpose of this review was to ensure that the policies were clear and represented contemporary business practices.

The review was conducted in consultation with industry and resulted in a number of amendments being made to both policies. See Documentary policy review 2015—table of amendments and frequently asked questions for details.

Minimum documentary and import declaration requirements policy

Our Minimum documentary and import declaration requirements policy defines the minimum requirements for documentation presented to the department to support the risk assessment of imported goods and non-commodity concerns, whether for biosecurity or imported foods purposes.

Non-commodity information requirements policy

Our Non-commodity information requirements policy​ defines the information requirements that must be met to support the assessment of non–commodity concerns associated with imported goods. It covers the type of consignment, the types of packaging materials used in the consignment, and the container cleanliness statement.

Delivery postcode files

We use delivery postcodes to assess the suitability of a location for goods to be unpacked. 

If a consignment is being delivered to a rural destination it will be directed for a rural tailgate inspection, which allows us to conduct a risk assessment on the consignments prior to it leaving a metropolitan area.

See Regional postcode delivery classifications for details on delivery postcodes and a postcode search tool. This information is also available as comma-separated variable (CSV) files:

Examples of acceptable documents

To assist clients in meeting the requirements outlined in the minimum documentary and import declaration requirements policy, we have created several templates that can be downloaded and adapted to meet individual company/consignment requirements.

See Acceptable documentation templates.

​Your feedback on our policies​

We welcome ongoing feedback about ​these polices. Contact us at Compliance Ass​essment and Management.