The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) in conjunction with the Centre for Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA) has been trialing new inspection protocols on selected vegetable seeds for sowing and peat.
The trial period began on 29 August 2016 and will conclude on 15 December 2017.
Following the conclusion of the trial pure peat and permitted vegetable seed consignments will no longer be eligible for risk-based intervention under the Compliance-Based Inspection Scheme (CBIS). Imports of these commodities will still be permitted entry into Australia following the import conditions outlined in BICON.
The department would like to thank importers for their participation in the trial. Once the trial has concluded the outcomes will be analysed by CEBRA in consultation with the department to determine if pure peat and vegetable seed can be implemented onto the CBIS or a similar scheme in the future.
A final report outlining the outcomes of the trial will be available in early 2018.
For more information, you can email Imports (please include ‘Tier 2 – CBIS/CEBRA’ in the subject heading) or phone 1800 900 090.