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MARS Information Sessions

The department will host a series of dedicated and free MARS Information Sessions in all Australian capital cities between 19 and 23 September 2016.

The MARS pilot began 22 July 2016

The department is preparing to launch the new IT system called the Maritime Arrivals Reporting System (MARS) to manage commercial vessels. The pilot will identify operational readiness and inform change management activities prior to roll-out of MARS nationally.

The department will implement MARS in a phased approach commencing with pilot locations, Mackay and Gladstone. MARS must be used for vessels that are arriving in the pilot locations as a first port only.

See the MARS Pilot and Implementation and MARS Communications and Training Materials webpages for all the details.

View a map of Australia's first points of entry for vessels for the plants, animals and goods and vessel sanitation certification that may only be landed at certain points.

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.​