Airlines and aircraft operators flying into Australia from overseas must meet biosecurity requirements under the Biosecurity Act 2015, administered by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

The following information represents the primary biosecurity responsibilities for airlines and aircraft operators with links to key information relevant to compliant arrival of international aircraft.

Mandatory pre-arrival reporting (PAR) is required If you are an airline or aircraft operator needing to lodge a PAR - including updates to previously reported information about aircraft arrivals or notify of other biosecurity incidents on board.

  • Pre-arrival Reporting (PAR) – the airline or aircraft operator must submit a pre-arrival report if any of the following conditions become apparent to the airline/aircrew or reported to the aircrew on or for a flight:
    • Ill traveller or death of a traveller (passenger or crew).
    • Disinsection of the aircraft has not been applied in accordance with department approved methods.
    • Live plants or live animals in the cabin – any animal that the airline including airline staff and aircrew becomes aware of in the cabin of the aircraft.
    • Death of an animal in the cabin.
  • Non-Scheduled flights – The airline or aircraft operator of a non-scheduled flight must report additional information to the airport of arrival.

The PAR is to be submitted to a biosecurity officer at the first Australian airport of landing as listed in the Biosecurity – Airport Contacts List (NPPC Airport Guide).

Airline or aircraft operators must ensure the following mandatory tasks are completed when flying into Australia from overseas.

  • Airport landing places – First points of entry (FPOE) or applying to land aircraft or goods at a non-first point of entry.
  • Mandatory in-flight passenger announcements – the operator of an aircraft must give to all travellers, including crew members, on board the aircraft information about biosecurity requirements under the laws of the Commonwealth – The mandatory in-flight passenger announcements, available as PDF statements or videos, must not be edited.
  • Aircraft disinsection – mandatory aircraft treatments for arrival in Australia including spray rates, disinsection videos, the Aircraft Disinsection Information (ADI) Database and associated user guide.
  • Biosecurity waste management – must be managed by a service provider that has entered into an approved arrangement for biosecurity waste management with the department or under the department’s supervision on a fee for service basis.
  • Biosecurity incidents on-board arriving aircraft – The operator of an aircraft must report, if there are any changes in circumstances on-board the aircraft since last PAR submitted or decision not to submit a PAR, to the airport of arrival. Biosecurity – Airport Contacts List

Infrastructure Development by Australian Airport Operators

Port operators seeking to introduce international services at a port where border services are not currently provided, or anticipating changes to an existing business model that impact on existing border services, must apply through the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities (Infrastructure). Port operators are encouraged to contact Infrastructure early in the development of a proposal.

The Australian Government has established this new clear, transparent and consistent process to help ensure that border services are available at ports when they are required. This approach allows border agencies to continue to provide high quality, critical border services to ensure border integrity and the safety of the Australian community, as the number of international travellers continue to grow.

Last reviewed: 4 February 2020
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