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Biosecurity Bite videos

August 18, 2020

VIA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, WATER AND THE ENVIRONMENT 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 […]

Biosecurity Matters

August 18, 2020

VIA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, WATER AND THE ENVIRONMENT Rare opportunity from COVID-19 As we recover from COVID-19, it's nice to hear some positive stories coming out of this challenging time. The pandemic has significantly reduced the number of arriving passengers […]

Notification of COVID-19 cases

August 18, 2020

VIA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, WATER AND THE ENVIRONMENT Notification of COVID-19 cases has been published on the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website and can be accessed via the following link: https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2020/120-2020 Import Industry Advice Notices are available […]

General updates for the 2019-20 Brown marmorated stink bug season

August 18, 2020

VIA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, WATER AND THE ENVIRONMENT Welcome to the seventh edition of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s (the department) general updates for the 2019-20 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) risk season.We have reached the end […]

Actions to Manage Khapra Beetle

August 18, 2020

NOTIFICATION OF URGENT ACTIONS TO MANAGE KHAPRA BEETLEVIA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, WATER AND THE ENVIRONMENT Dear biosecurity industry participant, Within the next two months the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (the department) will implement urgent actions to address […]

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.
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