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If you, or someone you know, want to learn more about how the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment manages plant biosecurity, check out our new Biosecurity Bite video series!

This series includes seven bite-sized videos on how we manage plant pest and disease risks offshore, at the border and onshore in Australia.

The series covers the following topics: 

  1. Biosecurity and Trade
  2. Market Access Requests
  3. Import risk analysis
  4. At the border
  5. Exotic plant pests
  6. Export processes
  7. Now, it’s your turn (how you can help).

We encourage you to watch the videos and share the content with your friends, family and associates who are interested in taking a ‘bite’ into plant biosecurity. For more information, please visit our website.

Biosecurity Bite videos

Published: August 18, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Are all personal effects shipments into Australia subject to mandatory quarantine inspection?

Yes – Australia is in the fortunate situation of being one of the few countries relatively free of common pests and diseases found in other countries. For this reason, the Australian Government has mandated that all unaccompanied shipments of used personal effects, motor vehicles and vessels be screened and physically inspected at approved and licenced unpacking depots by Department of Agriculture and Water Resources inspection officers.

Why is there a fee for the mandatory quarantine inspection?

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will only permit the unpacking of imported personal effects to occur within the confines of specially licenced and approved warehouses with adequate contamination containment measures, trained and accredited warehouse staff and the required electronic interface reporting systems. The fees for quarantine inspection, clearance and attendance charged by AIMA members cover the cost of annual depot licencing, use of bonded warehouse space, attendance and inspection fees for DAWR inspection officers and required interface software licencing.