06-2017 – Consultation on Biosecurity Legislation First Point of Entry Standards

​20 January 2017

Who does this notice affect?

First point operators and entities at first points of entry including port and airport authorities, wharf owners and operators, stevedores, airport fixed base owners and operators, airlines, shipping lines, baggage handlers.

What has changed?

  • We have developed the First Point of Entry Biosecurity Standards to provide greater clarity on the requirements for operators at first points of entry under new biosecurity legislation.
  • These standards are designed to ensure that appropriate procedures, facilities and infrastructure are in place at the first point to manage the biosecurity risks associated with arriving vessels, aircraft, goods or travellers.
  • When the Biosecurity Act 2015 commenced in June 2016, existing ports and landing places were issued temporary determinations to allow them to continue to operate s first ports of entry.  These determinations expire in June 2019.
  • Operators who wish to gain or maintain their status as first points of entry beyond June 2019 must demonstrate that they meet the new standards.
  • We are asking relevant operators and entities at first points to provide their views on the draft standards as part of a second round of consultation. 

Feedback is due by 24 February 2017 to ComplianceCoordination@agriculture.gov.au

Further Information

  • The draft standards and risk management templates are available on the department’s website.
  • We will continue to work with operators at first points of entry to assess their compliance with the standards and assist them toward meeting regulatory requirements.
  • We aim to provide notification of any required adjustments by the end of June 2017.