Requirements for operating approved arrangements

​​​​​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has set requirements for how activities can be performed under an approved arrangement. Some requirements are specific to the class of approved arrangement you are operating and some apply across multiple arrangement classes.

The class of your approved arrangements is based on the:

  • type of activities taking place in the arrangement
  • associated biosecurity risks.

Class specific requirements

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Class 1

AA sites used for the deconsolidation of sea and air cargo, inspection and treatment of goods, containers and Universal Loading Devices (ULDs).

1.1 - Sea and air freight depot (unrestricted)

AA sites approved for initial non-containerised machinery inspections, rural container inspections, external container inspections and the storage, inspection or treatment of incorrectly certified agricultural products from Khapra beetle countries.

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AA for sea and air freight depot (unrestricted) - requirements DOCX19391 KB
AA for sea and air freight depot (unrestricted) - requirements PDF19544 KB

1.2 - Air cargo terminal

AA sites used for the deconsolidation of air cargo, inspection and treatment of goods, containers and ULDs that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for air cargo terminals - requirements DOCX17389 KB
AA for air cargo terminals - requirements PDF17924 KB

1.3 - Sea and air freight depot (restricted)

AA sites utilised for the deconsolidation of sea and air cargo, including personal and household effects. These sites can be approved for containerised machinery inspections and the fumigation and cleaning of goods subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for sea and air freight depot (restricted) - requirements DOCX21393 KB
AA for sea and air freight depot (restricted) - requirements PDF21953 MB

Biosecurity Risk Material Record

Instructions for completing the Biosecurity risk material (BRM) record

The BRM record must be completed by an Accredited Person when bark, soil or animal/plant/insect contamination is found in imported containers and/or on timber packaging/dunnage. The BRM record must be maintained at the AA site.

The contamination must be dealt with according to the AA class 1.1 and 1.3 requirements.

Example of BRM record

See description below.

Example 1 (line 1): An FCL consignment of goods was found to contain grain on the container floor and bark was present on the timber packaging. The timber packaging was marked with an ISPM 15 compliant stamp.

Example 2 (lines 2 and 3): A container was opened and a dead animal was found inside the container. The doors were closed immediately and the department was notified. After a departmental officer had removed the dead animal from the container the goods were unpacked. Bark was found on the timber packaging on one of three LCL consignments within the container. The timber packaging was not marked with an ISPM 15 compliant stamp.

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Biosecurity risk material record DOCX167 KB
Biosecurity risk material record PDF1257 KB

Class 2

AA sites used for the deconsolidation, handling, storage, inspection or examination and treatment of cargo and containers subject to biosecurity control.

2.1 - Non-agricultural products

AA sites used for the deconsolidation, handling, storage, inspection and treatment of certain goods and equipment that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for non-agricultural products - requirements DOCX19388 KB
AA for non-agricultural products - requirements PDF19930 KB

2.2 - Agricultural products

AA sites used for the deconsolidation, storage and inspection of goods that are subject to biosecurity control, but are processed or packaged in such a way as to preclude the possibility of external contamination.

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AA for agricultural products - requirements DOCX16386 KB
AA for agricultural products - requirements PDF16905 KB

2.3 - Bulk stockfeed/fertiliser

AA sites used for the receival, storage, inspection and treatment of bulk commodities such as fertiliser and stockfeed that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for bulk stockfeed/fertiliser - requirements DOCX15381 KB
AA for bulk stockfeed/fertiliser - requirements PDF15889 KB

2.4 - Fresh produce, nursery stock and cut flowers

AA site utilised for the deconsolidation, handling, storage, inspection and treatment of fresh fruit and vegetables, cut flowers (including foliage which forms part of the consignment) and nursery stock (excluding tissue cultures) that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for Fresh produce, nursery stock and cut flowers DOCX17396 KB
AA for Fresh produce, nursery stock and cut flowers PDF17940 KB

2.41 - Verification of packaging for airfreight perishables

AA site utilised for the verification of consignment packaging for airfreight perishables and securing of airfreight perishable consignments for transport.

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AA for verification of packaging for airfreight perishables DOCX10384 KB
AA for verification of packaging for airfreight perishables PDF10880 KB

2.5 - Temperature controlled storage

AA sites used for the receipt, storage, and inspection of commodities that have temperature controlled storage requirements, and for those that require cold temperature treatments.

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AA for temperature controlled storage - requirements DOCX15380 KB
AA for temperature controlled storage - requirements PDF15515 KB
2.5.1 - Temperature controlled storage of specified baitfish

AA sites used for the receival, storage, inspection and thawing of specified baitfish that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for temperature controlled storage of specified baitfish - requirements DOCX13378 KB
AA for temperature controlled storage of specified baitfish - requirements PDF13893 KB
Baitfish discrepancy form DOCX181 KB
Baitfish discrepancy form PDF1238 KB
2.5.2 - Temperature controlled storage of imported pig meat

AA sites used to undertake temperature controlled storage and handling of imported pig meat that is subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for temperature controlled storage of imported pig meat - requirements DOCX18381 KB
AA for temperature controlled storage of imported pig meat - requirements PDF18917 KB
Example of reconciliation of goods form DOCX120 KB
Example of reconciliation of goods form PDF119 KB
Imported pig meat discrepancy notification form DOCX149 KB
Imported pig meat discrepancy notification form PDF1411 KB
Imported pig meat movement request form DOCX120 KB
Imported pig meat movement request form PDF1212 KB

2.6 - Empty shipping container parks

AA sites used for the handling, storage, internal examination and treatment of empty shipping containers that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for empty shipping container parks - requirements DOCX22385 KB
AA for empty shipping container parks - requirements PDF18954 KB

2.7 – Grain storage

AA sites used for the storage and handling of bulk imported grain commodities such as maize, wheat, barley and sorghum that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for grain storage - requirements DOCX17387 KB
AA for grain storage - requirements PDF17914 KB

2.8 – Temporary storage of containerised refrigerated pig meat

AA sites used for the temporary storage of refrigerated containers holding imported pig meat that is subject to biosecurity control, prior to movement to a class 2.5.2 or 3.2 AA site.

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AA for temporary storage of containerised refrigerated pig meat - requirements DOCX15390 KB
AA for temporary storage of containerised refrigerated pig meat - requirements PDF15420 KB

Class 3

AA sites used for general cargo, agricultural products, bulk commodities and imported grain facilities that are subject to biosecurity control, where treatment and processing is undertaken.

3.0 – Produce processing

AA sites used for unpacking FCL containers and the storage, inspection and processing of goods subject to biosecurity control. The types of commodities which may be processed at this AA site are hides for tanning, hunting trophies for taxidermy (tanneries), sesame seed for manufacture into tahini, feather processing and nut processing.

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AA for produce processing - requirements DOCX15379 KB
AA for produce processing - requirements PDF15898 KB

3.1 – Grain processing

AA sites used for the storage, handling and treatment/processing of bulk imported grain commodities such as maize, wheat, barley and sorghum that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for grain processing - requirements DOCX18388 KB
AA for grain processing - requirements PDF18918 KB

3.2 – Imported pig meat processing

AA sites used for the handling, storage, transport and processing of imported uncooked pig meat that is subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for imported pig meat processing - requirements DOCX20390 KB
AA for imported pig meat processing - requirements PDF20917 KB

3.3 – Imported uncooked prawn product processing

AA sites utilised for the processing of imported uncooked prawn product.

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AA for imported uncooked prawn processing - requirements DOCX16392 KB
AA for imported uncooked prawn processing - requirements16440 KB

Class 4

AA sites used for the treatment and or cleaning of goods, containers and packaging that is subject to biosecurity control.

4.1 – Heat treatment

AA sites used for the heat treatment of goods subject to biosecurity control and their packaging materials.

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AA for heat treatments - requirements DOCX16386 KB
AA for heat treatments - requirements PDF16905 KB

4.2 – Gamma irradiation

AA sites used for gamma irradiation treatment of goods and packaging that is subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for gamma irradiation - requirements DOCX14378 KB
AA for gamma irradiation - requirements PDF14501 KB

4.3 – Cleaning

AA sites used for the cleaning of goods, containers and packaging, e.g. washing of cars that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for cleaning - requirements DOCX14396 KB
AA for cleaning - requirements PDF141.1 MB

4.4 – Seed cleaning

AA sites used for the performance of cleaning seeds that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for seed cleaning - requirements DOCX14376 KB
AA for seed cleaning - requirements PDF14888 KB

4.5 – Ore treatment

AA sites used for the treatment of ores that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for ore treatment - requirements DOCX14378 KB
AA for ore treatment - requirements PDF14889 KB

4.6 – Fumigation

AA sites used where the fumigation of goods, containers and packaging that are subject to biosecurity control is undertaken.

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AA for fumigation - requirements DOCX14377 KB
AA for fumigation - requirements PDF14894 KB

Class 5

AA sites used for research, analysis and/or testing of imported biological material including micro-organisms, animal and human products and soil. This type of site includes microbiological facilities, animal facilities and plant laboratories, whether integral or separate to the site. Where applicable, class 5 requirements should be read in conjunction with the appropriate Australian/New Zealand Standard as listed in individual classes.

Biosecurity containment level 1

AA sites used for goods subject to biosecurity control of low hazard where standard safe containment practice is adequate to address biosecurity risk.

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AA for BC1 facilities Requirements Version 1.0 DOCX70481 KB
AA for BC1 facilities Requirements Version 1.0 PDF701.4 MB
AA for BC1 Informative Text Version 1.0 DOCX26432 KB
AA for BC1 Informative Text Version 1.0 PDF261 MB

5.2 – Biosecurity containment level 2

AA sites used for goods subject to biosecurity control of low to moderate risk to animals, plants or humans if disease is spread to the community or environment.

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AA for biosecurity containment level 2 - requirements DOCX33401 KB
AA for biosecurity containment level 2 - requirements PDF 331.0 MB

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is currently reviewing all containment requirements for microbiological, animal, aquatic, plant and invertebrate facilities (includes approved arrangement classes 5, 6 and some 7).

5.3 – Biosecurity containment level 3

AA sites used for goods subject to biosecurity control which pose significant risks to animals, plants or humans if pest or disease associated with them spread outside the AA site and from which significant economic impact would result in the community or environment.

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AA for biosecurity containment level 3 - requirements DOCX40410 KB
AA for biosecurity containment level 3 - requirements PDF401.1 MB

5.4 – Biosecurity containment level 4

AA sites used for goods subject to biosecurity control which pose serious life-threatening risks to animals, plants or humans if pests or disease associated with them spread outside the AA site and from which substantial economic impact would result to people, the community or environment.

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AA for biosecurity containment level 4 - requirements DOCX38407 KB
AA for biosecurity containment level 4 - requirements PDF381.1 MB

Containment AA sites multiple room approval

This document outlines the requirements for determining when AA sites undertaking biosecurity containment using multiple rooms or laboratories can be approved as a single AA site.

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Containment facilities multiple room approval DOCX7638 KB
Containment facilities multiple room approval PDF7870 KB

Transfers between co-located AA sites checklists

These checklist are required whenever transporting goods that are subject to biosecurity control between co-located AA sites.

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Driver checklist DOCX158 KB
Driver checklist PDF1369 KB
Accredited Person checklist DOCX158 KB
Accredited Person checklist PDF1371 KB

Class 6

AA sites used for the post entry quarantine (PEQ) of nursery stock such as aquatic plants, bulbs, seed lines, cuttings and other medium risk nursery stock are handled.

6.1 – Medium risk nursery stock

AA sites used for nursery stock that is subject to biosecurity control in plant houses, glasshouses, polyhouses, igloos or tunnel houses, etc (excludes screen houses).

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AA for medium risk nursery stock - requirements DOCX13380 KB
AA for medium risk nursery stock - requirements PDF13878 KB

6.11 – Bulbs

AA sites used for bulbs that are subject to biosecurity control in open areas.

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AA for bulbs - requirements DOCX15382 KB
AA for bulbs - requirements PDF15892 KB
AA for bulbs - Information DOCX244.2 MB
AA for bulbs - information PDF241.3 MB
Movement of bulbs to another AA site form DOCX6234 KB
Movement of bulbs to another AA site form PDF6376 KB
Request for release of certified bulbs form DOCX5199 KB
Request for release of certified bulbs form PDF5448 KB

Class 7

AA sites used for holding imported animals. Where applicable, class 7 requirements should be read in conjunction with the appropriate Australian/New Zealand Standard as listed in individual classes.

7.1 – Aquarium fish

AA site used for holding live fresh water and marine ornamental fin fish that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for aquarium fish - requirements DOCX15397 KB
AA for aquarium fish - requirements PDF151.1 MB

7.2 – Biosecurity insectary containment level 2

AA sites used for goods subject to biosecurity control which present a moderate hazard to facility personnel or to the environment.

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AA for biosecurity insectary containment level 2 - requirements DOCX21383 KB
AA for biosecurity insectary containment level 2 - requirements PDF21943 KB

7.3 – Biosecurity insectary containment level 3

AA sites used for goods subject to biosecurity control which pose significant risks to animals, plants or humans if pest or disease associated with them spread outside the site and from which significant economic impact would result in the community or environment.

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AA for biosecurity insectary containment level 3 - requirements DOCX26387 KB
AA for biosecurity insectary containment level 3 - requirements PDF26981 KB

7.4 – Biosecurity insectary containment level 4

AA sites used for goods subject to biosecurity control which pose significant risks to animals, plants or humans if the insect, pest or disease associated with them spread outside the site and from which significant economic impact would result in the community or environment.

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AA for biosecurity insectary containment level 4 - requirements DOCX25387 KB
AA for biosecurity insectary containment level 4 - requirements PDF25975 KB

7.5 – Laboratory rodents

AA sites used for the purpose of holding live laboratory rodents that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for laboratory rodents - requirements DOCX13376 KB
AA for laboratory rodents - requirements PDF13886 KB

7.6 – Laboratory xenopus

AA sites used for the purpose of holding live laboratory xenopus that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for laboratory xenopus - requirements DOCX13376 KB
AA for laboratory xenopus - requirements PDF13888 KB

7.7 – Laboratory fish

AA sites used for the purpose of holding live laboratory fish that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for laboratory fish - requirements DOCX20382 KB
AA for laboratory fish - requirements PDF20931 KB

7.8 – Defence and Police dogs

AA sites used for the purpose of holding Defence and Police dogs that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for Defence and Police dogs - requirements DOCX15681 KB
AA for Defence and Police dogs - requirements PDF15742 KB
AA for Defence and Police dogs - information DOCX12401 KB
AA for Defence and Police dogs - information PDF12926 KB
Daily monitoring sheet DOCX141 KB
Daily monitoring sheet PDF1244 KB
Veterinary examination form DOCX241 KB
Veterinary examination form PDF2227 KB

Nominated veterinary hospital reference

This reference details the requirements for nominated veterinary hospitals when providing veterinary care for Defence and Police dogs subject to biosecurity control.

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Nominated veterinary hospitals - assessment guide DOCX7663 KB
Nominated veterinary hospitals - assessment guide PDF7712 KB

7.9 – Zoo animals

AA sites used for the isolation, examination and testing of live imported zoo animals as required by Import Permit conditions.

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AA for zoo animals - requirements DOCX20382 KB
AA for zoo animals - requirements PDF20942 KB

Initial approval

Due to the generic nature of the class 7.9 requirements, applicants seeking approval under this class will need to:

  • identify the species for which an Import Permit will be sought
  • have an area to be used for the post-entry quarantine of the imported animals identified
  • submit a procedures manual for the proposed import
  • arrange for an audit of the proposed quarantine enclosure by the department.

Upon application, the department will assess and endorse the procedures manual and undertake an audit of the site. Initial audits are undertaken against the class 7.9 requirements and focus on the structural compliance of the enclosure to be used for the post-entry quarantine of the first species imported. Upon compliance with the structural requirements and endorsement of the procedures manual for the initial importation, approval as an AA site may be progressed.

Once the AA site is approved, the Import Permit for the import of the animals identified may be issued and the proposed import can then occur.

As it is not uncommon for zoos to operate a single multi-use/species enclosure, at initial assessment of such a site, applicants should advise the auditing officer that the enclosure for which approval is sought is to be used for subsequent imports of different species. Such notification, has potential to decrease the level of audit required through subsequent site assessments and, where imports of alternate species are proposed within a short timeframe, may remove the requirement for a subsequent site audit.

Approval requirements for subsequent importations

Due to the broad scope of species eligible for import to a class 7.9 AA site and the associated variation in structures required to ensure containment of a species during periods of post-entry quarantine, for the importation of each subsequent species, applicants will need to:

  • apply for a specific Import Permit
  • provide an amended procedures manual detailing the specific procedures for that particular species and details of the area to be used for the post-entry quarantine of the animals.

Once the manual has been assessed and endorsed by the department, an inspection of the proposed enclosure will need to be conducted. Following the approval of the proposed enclosure an Import Permit may be granted.

Upon release of a consignment, the AA site approval is held in a maintenance state to indicate that the site has completed biosecurity procedures for the import for which approval was granted. Prior to any new imports being permitted, an assessment of the enclosures to be used and procedures to be followed will need to be undertaken by the department.

7.10 – Fertile poultry hatching eggs

AA sites used for the holding of fertile poultry hatching eggs and the resultant stock that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for fertile poultry hatching eggs - requirements DOCX16380 KB
AA for fertile poultry hatching eggs - requirements PDF16908 KB

7.11 – Commercial rabbits

AA sites used to undertake the isolation, examination, treatment and testing of imported live commercial rabbits as required by Import Permit conditions.

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AA for commercial rabbits - requirements DOCX30388 KB
AA for commercial rabbits - requirements PDF30990 KB

7.12 – Live horses

AA sites used to undertake the isolation, examination and treatment of live imported horses as required by Import Permit conditions.

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AA for live horse - requirements DOCX21412 KB
AA for live horse - requirements PDF211.12 MB

Class 8

Approved arrangement sites used for the disposal of biosecurity waste.

8.1 – Incineration

Approved arrangement sites used for the incineration of biosecurity waste to irreducible ash.

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AA for incineration - requirements DOCX13396 KB
AA for incineration - requirements PDF131.1 MB

8.2 – Deep burial

Approved arrangement sites used for the deep burial of biosecurity waste.

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AA for deep burial - requirements DOCX11388 KB
AA for deep burial - requirements PDF111.0 MB

8.3 – Autoclave

Approved arrangement sites used for the autoclave treatment of biosecurity waste.

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AA for autoclave - requirements DOCX16404 KB
AA for autoclave - requirements PDF161.1 MB

8.4 – Other treatments for biosecurity waste

Contact Approved arrangement section for more information on how to apply for a class 8.4 approved arrangement.

Class 10

AA sites used for the management of biosecurity waste. Previously compliance agreements.

10.2 – Biosecurity waste collection

AA sites used for the collection of biosecurity waste.

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AA for biosecurity waste collection - requirements DOCX10373 KB
AA for biosecurity waste collection - requirements PDF10872 KB

10.31 – Deep burial of raw prawns

AA sites utilised for the deep burial of untreated raw prawns.

Please note: this is a temporary arrangement.

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AA for deep burial of untreated raw prawns - requirements DOCX9376 KB
AA for deep burial of untreated raw prawns - requirements PDF9412 KB

10.5 – Biosecurity waste storage

AA sites used for the storage of biosecurity waste.

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AA for biosecurity waste storage - requirements DOCX8372 KB
AA for biosecurity waste storage - requirements PDF8866 KB

10.6 – Biosecurity waste transport

AA sites used for the transportation of biosecurity waste.

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AA for biosecurity waste transport - requirements DOCX10374 KB
AA for biosecurity waste transport - requirements PDF10879 KB

Class 11

AA sites used for the management of containers. Previously compliance agreements.

11.1 – Empty container assessment

Contact AA Canberra for more information on how to apply for a class 11.1 approved arrangement.

11.2 – External container treatment

AA utilised for the removal of external contamination from imported shipping containers leaving the port, including the domestic conveyance used to move the container.

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AA for external container treatments - requirements DOCX7371 KB
AA for external container treatments - requirements PDF7823 KB

Class 12

AA required for the performance of onshore fumigations.

12.1 – Onshore fumigation

AA that allows accredited fumigators to perform onshore fumigation treatments of goods of general cargo, under the direction of the department, using methyl bromide.

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AA for onshore fumigation - requirements DOCX13375 KB
AA for onshore fumigation - requirements PDF13870 KB

Class 13

13.1 – Second conveyances

AA for the management of the receipt of goods and persons onto second conveyances (installations and petroleum industry vessels).

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AA for second conveyances DOCX15388 KB
AA for second conveyances PDF15516 KB
Request to arrive and/or unload goods form 3204 KB

Class 19

Arrangements that enable accredited brokers to assess documents for clearance of non-commodity concerns for containerised sea freight and some commodity concerns.

19.1 – Non-commodity for containerised cargo clearance

Arrangement for performing and reporting on non-commodity statements and documentary assessments for FCL, FCX and LCL sea-freight consignments, unpack location postcode assessment of FCL and FCX sea-freight consignments and the direction of these consignments to sites operating under an approved arrangement.

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AA for non-commodity for containerised cargo clearance - requirements DOCX292.0 MB
AA for non-commodity for containerised cargo clearance - requirements PDF292.0 MB

19.2 – Automatic entry processing for commodities

The arrangement enables Accredited Persons to direct entries without the need to send documents to the department and have one of its officers process the entry.

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AA for automatic entry processing for commodities - requirements v 4.0 DOCX41404 KB
AA for automatic entry processing for commodities - requirements v 4.0 PDF411.00 MB

Class 43

43.1 – Disinsection treatments

Arrangement for the treatment of international aircraft by disinsection.

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AA for disinsection treatments DOCX7376 KB
AA for disinsection treatments PDF7844 KB
Contract of services DOCX228 KB
Contract of services PDF2324 KB

Further information

Please contact the department for more information on these classes and requirements.

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