Vessels entering Australia could unknowingly carry unwanted pests and diseases that can threaten our unique flora and fauna, our aquaculture and agricultural industries as well as human health. Australia accounts for approximately 10 per cent of the world’s biodiversity so it is important that the spread of pests and diseases is prevented - making Australia's biosecurity laws among the strictest in the world.
The department makes sure that all vessels arriving in Australian territory from overseas comply with International Health Regulations and that all biosecurity risks posed by the vessel are properly managed.
This is achieved by monitoring, assessing and managing the risks associated with vessels, crew, marine pests and ballast water of all international vessels arriving in Australia.
Many types of vessels enter Australian territory. Our legislation manages them in two streams:
As a cost-recovered organisation, the department must charge for all activities it undertakes to protect Australia’s biosecurity. A full list of fees associated with vessel biosecurity services are set out in the department’s charging guidelines.