Compliance-based Inspection Scheme

​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources runs a Compliance-Based Inspection Scheme (formerly known as the Plant Product Pathway Q-ruler and the Continuous Sampling Plan) for the importation of selected plant products to Australia.

The scheme rewards importers of these products who demonstrate consistent compliance with Australia’s biosecurity requirements with a risk-based inspection rate. Compliant importers benefit from the CBIS through smoother clearance of goods at the border and reduced costs.

To qualify for risk-based inspection under the CBIS, importers will need to:

  • import an eligible product under an appropriate tariff (see tables below)
  • lodge the entry in line mode
  • meet import conditions
  • meet the requirements for repeated compliance.

Eligible plant products

Since the implementation of the Compliance-Based Inspection Scheme in July 2013, the following plant products have since been added to the scheme:

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Dried fruit and herbs

ProductTariff codeDate added to CBISQualification numberRisk-based inspection rate
Allspice of the genus Pimenta (dried, neither crushed nor ground)09042100July 2016510%
Apples (dried)08133000November 2015510%
Apricots (dried)08131000July 20131010%
Capsicum and chilli of the genus Capsicum (dried, neither crushed nor ground)09042100July 2016510%
Coconut (desiccated)08011100November 2015510%
Dates (dried)08041000July 20131010%
Grapes (dried)08062000August 2014510%
Pepper of the genus Piper (dried, neither crushed or ground)09041100July 2016510%
Prunes (dried)08132000November 2015510%
Saffron09102000July 2016310%

Fresh fruit

ProductTariff codeDate added to CBISQualification numberRisk-based inspection rate
Cherries of the species Prunus axiom (fresh, from the USA only)08092900June 2017525%
Dates (from the USA only)08041000July 20131010%
Chilled durian segments (from Thailand and Malaysia only)08106000May 2017310%
Permitted stone fruits including apricots, peaches, nectarines, and plums (fresh, from the USA only)08091000, 08093000, 08094000,June 2017525%
Avocado (fresh, from New Zealand only)08044000October 2017550%
Lemons and limes (fresh, from the USA only)08055000November 2017525%
Peas of the species Pisum sativum (fresh, from China only)07081000January 2019525%
Mandarins (fresh, from Israel only)08052100January 2019525%


ProductTariff codeDate added to CBISQualification numberRisk-based inspection rate
Almonds (raw, shell removed)08021200July 2015550%
Brazil nuts (raw, shell removed)08012200July 2015550%
Cashews (raw)08013August 2014550%
Hazelnuts (raw, shell removed)08022200July 2015550%
Macadamias (raw, shell removed)08026200July 2015550%
Pistachios (raw, shell removed)08025200July 2015550%
Walnuts (raw, shell removed)08023200July 2015550%

Grains and seeds

ProductTariff codeDate added to CBISQualification numberRisk-based inspection rate
Green coffee beans (for processing)09011July 20131050%
Malted grains1107June 2015510%
Sesame seed (hulled)12074000July 20131050%

Additional plant products are currently being assessed for the Compliance-Based Inspection Scheme, with the aim to add more products in the near future.

Qualifying for risk-based inspection rates

Importers of products on the Compliance-Based Inspection Scheme are eligible to qualify for the risk-based inspection rates outlined in the above tables. The scheme is applied to eligible products through the Agriculture Import Management System (AIMS) and currently does not require any additional action by importers and brokers.

To qualify for the risk-based inspection rate, importers must initially pass a defined number of consecutive document assessments and inspections on the eligible products.

This qualification number ranges from 3 to 10 (see tables above), depending on the risks associated with the commodity.


Mandatory inspections are still required for all consignments that are:

  • lodged in container mode
  • processed via the Automatic Entry Processing (AEP) scheme
  • restricted due to other system rules or biosecurity concerns (see Industry Advice Notice 50-2018 for further details)
  • have failed an onshore inspection.

Risk-based inspection rates

Once an importer has qualified under the scheme, the compliance of any future consignments will continue to be monitored under risk-based inspection rates. The risk-based inspection rates range from 10 to 50 % frequency depending on the:

  • commodity type (see tables above)
  • end use
  • biosecurity risk posed by the commodity
  • compliance history of the pathway and the importer

Risk-based inspection rates are based on the biosecurity risk currently posed by the commodities and may be subject to change at any time.

The inspection rate is applied as a ‘probability of inspection’ individually to each eligible line within a consignment by the department’s entry management systems. This means that an individual line may be selected to be inspected or not inspected. For example, if the inspection rate is 10 per cent for that product then every line has a 10 per cent chance of being directed for an inspection.

If non-compliance is detected during the inspection or documentation assessment, the importer will return to 100 per cent intervention until they have once again demonstrated compliance and met the number of r inspections required to re-qualify for the risk-based inspection rate.

Status of CBIS consignments in Integrated Cargo System

Customs brokers and freight forwarders importing under the Compliance-Based Inspection Scheme may need to be aware of how the Integrated Cargo System will display status for a CBIS consignment.

Entries that contain a line of goods eligible for the CBIS that have been selected for inspection will automatically switch to a “CONDCLEAR” status in the Integrated Cargo System (ICS) immediately after the entry is lodged.

The status changes before a documentation assessment has been conducted and before details of the AIMS directions associated with the consignment are sent to clients. The status will change to CONDCLEAR even if other lines in the entry are also subject to biosecurity control.

The CONDCLEAR status means that clearance remains subject to biosecurity conditions. The CONDCLEAR status allows the consignment to be moved to an appropriate approved arrangements site for inspection once the biosecurity direction has been issued, but no part of a consignment with a CONDCLEAR status can be released from biosecurity control until the status is changed to CLEAR.

Details of the conditions associated with a CONDCLEAR status will be emailed out as AIMS directions. A CLEAR status will only be obtained once the biosecurity concerns for all lines have been addressed through documentation assessments, inspections and/or treatments (as required).

Note: Lemons and limes from the USA, cherries and stone fruit from the USA, and New Zealand avocados are processed under the CBIS using a different system tool. Therefore they will not automatically switch to the CONDCLEAR status.

Further information

For more information on the Compliance-Based Inspection Scheme you can email Imports (Tier 2 -Plant CBIS) or telephone 1800 900 090.