Review of plant, animal and biological import conditions

​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is conducting an operational review of plant, animal and biological import conditions to protect Australia’s biosecurity status and to maintain our market access for agricultural products. The review of import conditions is funded by the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper​.

This review will:

  • ensure import conditions are understandable and easy to find in the department’s Biosecurity Import Conditions system, BICON.
  • make sure import conditions are based on current information and risk management approaches while being a minimum burden.
  • allow us to identify the treatments available to manage biosecurity risks such as pests, disease and contaminants.

Where necessary working groups consisting of departmental and industry representatives will be used or established to assist in the review of import conditions and managing biosecurity risks.

The amount of change to import conditions will vary between commodities. Some will have minimal or no change, and some may have significant changes. Where a major impact on industry is identified, the changes will be implemented in a stepped approach over time.

Timing of the review

The plant review will run until mid 2019 and focus on common pests or risk management measures for six plant classes:

Animal and biological commodities are scheduled for review through to mid-2019. These include:

  • Live animals
  • Food products
  • Laboratory products
  • Animal / environment (eg veterinary vaccines, fertilisers)
  • Other biological commodities (eg hides and skins, soil and water, shells, tandori ovens)

Register for updates

There are three ways you can stay informed about the progress of these reviews.

  1. As import conditions are reviewed, any updates or changes will be outlined in the Biosecurity Import Conditions system (BICON). The best way to stay informed of changes is to register as a BICON user (use the follow case function to receive email notifications when a case changes or has an alert).

  2. Subscribe to Import Industry Advice Notices for general updates on plant and animal classes.

  3. Register your interest by emailing the Plant, Animal or Biological Import Conditions Review: