A departmental biosecurity officer must receive notification prior to the discharge of break-bulk cargo.
Biosecurity officers conduct surveillance inspections of break-bulk cargo to ensure freedom from contaminants that pose a biosecurity risk. Break-bulk cargo or non-containerised cargo, including new motor vehicles, must be examined externally for soil and other contamination and treated if necessary.
To facilitate the biosecurity risk assessment on break-bulk cargo being discharged form vessels, provide your regional office with:
- vessel name, Lloyd registration no., voyage no., port and berth of discharge
- date and times when discharging/delivering cargo
- marks and description of break-bulk being discharged and delivered
- general cargo description and quantity
- if direct lifting ('under the hook delivery') is to occur, date, times and contact detail.
- any dunnage accompanying the consignment
Provide discharge details of break-bulk cargo to your regional office by email or fax at least 24 hours prior to vessel arrival on weekdays and by 1400hrs on Fridays for weekend discharge.
The Notification of container and break-bulk arrival/s form is an example of what may be used to provide the department with notification of the arrival of break-bulk cargo.
After providing us with these details, biosecurity officers will target specific cargo for external examination and, if required, order contaminated cargo to be treated prior to the cargo being released from the discharge/wharf area.
We seek your cooperation with this request. Failure to supply the required information within the requested timeframe may significantly delay the release of cargo.
Contact a biosecurity officer in your region with any questions about surveillance of break-bulk cargo.
Container discharge (at non-dedicated container terminals)
The department must receive notification prior to the discharge of containers at non-dedicated container terminals.
The Notification of container and break-bulk arrival/s form can also be used to advise the biosecurity officer about container discharges at non-dedicated container terminals. Please complete this form as appropriate and forward to a biosecurity officer in your region.
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry regional contacts for container/break-bulk discharge
|Sydney||0408 179 487||N/A||Sydney Seaports|
|Newcastle||02 4935 6700||N/A||Newcastle|
|Port Kembla||02 4258 1150
0409 049 665
|02 4258 1151||Port Kembla|
|Brisbane||07 3895 9726
0400 919 001
|07 3895 9727||AAT Bookings|
|Brisbane||07 3895 9777
0400 919 001
|07 3895 9727||FI Appointments|
|Bundaberg||07 4252 2511||07 4153 1457||Biosecurity Bundaberg|
|Townsville||07 4789 7888||07 4789 7821||Biosecurity Townsville|
|Gladstone||07 4976 6600||07 4976 6600||Biosecurity Gladstone|
|Mackay||07 4955 9600||07 4955 9699||Biosecurity Mackay|
|Melbourne||03 8387 0100, 0417 682 985||N/A||Break Bulk Victoria South East Ports|
|Melbourne||03 8387 0100||N/A||Cal Screener VIC
|Portland||03 5523 3077||03 5523 5697||Portland Seaports (Shipping)
Portland Quarantine (Imports)
|Hobart||03 6233 3352||N/A||Seaports Tasmania|
|Devonport||03 6421 7622||N/A||Seaports Tasmania|
|Burnie||03 6434 4016||N/A||Seaports Tasmania|
|Bell Bay||03 6398 8400||N/A||Seaports Tasmania|
|Esperance||08 9072 0460 ,
0428 101 316
|Fremantle||08 6232 7000||N/A||Cargo Integrity Unit Fremantle|
|Geraldton||08 9965 5786,
0427 001 763
|08 9965 4570||Geraldton Quarantine|
|Dampier||08 9142 0350||08 9185 1207||Karratha Quarantine|
|Karratha||08 9142 0350
0409 225 805
08 9762 7300
0413 156 965
|08 9185 1207
08 9762 7309
|Albany||08 9841 4388
0429 001 208
|08 9866 7426||Albany Quarantine|
|Port Hedland||08 9132 0275||08 9173 2743||Port Hedland Quarantine|
|Broome||08 9194 1200 0476 801 776||08 9193 5236||Broome Seaports|
|Adelaide||1800 900 090||N/A||CargoSA@awe.gov.au|
|Port Pirie||1800 900 090||N/A||CargoSA@awe.gov.au|
|Darwin||08 8998 4995 0409 678 675||N/A||Cargo NT|
|Cairns||07 4030 7852||N/A||CDO Cairns|