Aircraft disinsection procedures for flights into Australia and New Zealand

Important Changes as of 2 August 2021

The World Health Organization (WHO) has introduced changes to aircraft disinsection.  In April 2021, the Department of Health (Australia) and Ministry of Health (New Zealand) wrote to airlines and aircraft operators about upcoming changes to aircraft disinsection.

To implement these changes, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (the department) and the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) in New Zealand have revised the disinsection requirements in Australia and New Zealand.

What are the changes and additional requirements?

Effective 2 August 2021, the WHO Aircraft Disinsection Method and Procedures will be incorporated into the Schedule of aircraft disinsection procedures for flights into Australia and New Zealand (the Schedule); and Spray rates listing for flights into Australia and New Zealand. These changes support reducing the risk of exotic pests and diseases entering Australia and New Zealand through aircraft arrivals.

These changes mean that:

  • The 2-step pre-flight & top of descent (TOD) disinsection method will no longer be accepted.
  • A new pre-departure disinsection (PDD) method is available, supported by certification.
  • New disinsection treatment certificates outlined in the appendix section of the the Schedule.

Schedule of aircraft disinsection procedures for flights into Australia and New Zealand

The Schedule is issued as a guide to enable airline personnel to develop detailed cabin and hold procedures which are appropriate for destroying pest and disease vectors that could be present.

A revised schedule (Version 5.1) commenced on 2 August 2021 and can be found here:

The department and MPI work in partnership to verify compliance with each other's disinsection requirements and any other undertakings as needed.

Spray Rates Listing for Flights into Australia and New Zealand

Please refer to the Spray Rates Listing for Flights into Australia and New Zealand for disinsection spray required for each aircraft type. If an aircraft is not listed in the Spray Rate Listing, use the Spray Rates Calculator Tool.

A revised Spray Rates Listing for Flights into Australia and New Zealand (Version 4) commenced on 2 August 2021 and can be found here:

Disinsection Procedures and Videos

The department and MPI have developed a series of videos to demonstrate to airlines and disinsection applicators the different types of disinsection methods and how they must be applied.

The videos cover the range of currently approved aircraft disinsection treatment methods for aircraft arriving in Australia and New Zealand.

The videos represent how the department and MPI expect aircraft disinsection treatments to be applied, in the manner approved in the Schedule.

Failure to apply the treatments correctly can result aircraft having to be retreated.

Airlines and aircraft operators are encouraged to promote the use of these videos by relevant cabin crew, ground staff or contracted service providers with responsibility for application of disinsection treatments.

Pre-Departure Disinsection for Cabin and Hold

The procedure for pre-departure disinsection hold (cargo areas) treatment is demonstrated in the Pre-embarkation disinsection video.

Videos are not yet available for the Pre-departure cabin disinsection treatment.

The procedure for pre-departure disinsection cabin treatment is as follows:

Step Procedures
1 This is an alternative to pre-embarkation treatment for single-sector flights and may be an option in transit airports for multi -stop flights.
2 The treatment is done after passengers have boarded and are seated and all service doors are closed.
3 The main entry door must be closed before commencement of cabin spraying.
4

Spraying must be completed with an aerosol of d-phenothrin 2% or 1R-trans-phenothrin 2%.

See WHO aircraft disinsection methods and procedures, Table 1 for more information on the aerosol, and section 5 and Annex 3 for the amount of spray required for each aircraft type.

5 During disinsection and for 5 minutes after completion of spraying, the aircraft’s air-conditioning must be switched off or set to normal flow (not high flow) and the recirculation fans must be on.
6 Overhead and sidewall lockers are to be open during spraying.
7 Spray should be directed towards the open overhead lockers and ceiling, which will ensure that the spray does not fall on the face of the operator while he or she is walking along the aisle at a rate of not more than one step or one row of seats per second.
8 Spray all galleys, including those on lower levels, and the lift access.
9 Spray all toilets and coat lockers for 2 seconds each. Ensure that the toilet seats and baby changing tables are up and are not sprayed.
10 Spray all crew rest areas, avoiding the bedding, and the flight deck and cockpit for 3 seconds each. Direct the spray away from aircraft equipment, officers, and crew.
11 Any non-compliance with procedures should be reported to the intended first port before arrival.

Pre-embarkation Cabin and Hold

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Pre-embarkation 1 x can

This video demonstrates the Pre-embarkation method application using Pre-flight cabin and Pre-flight hold (cargo areas) aircraft disinsection method application on an A320 aircraft.

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Pre-embarkation 1 x can  MP4 HD 1080p 51 MB
Transcript DOCX Word Icon 5 N/A 33 KB

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Pre-embarkation 3 x cans

This video demonstrates the Pre-embarkation method using Pre-flight cabin and Pre-flight hold (cargo areas) aircraft disinsection method application on an A330-300 (dual aisle) aircraft.

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Pre-embarkation 3 x cans  MP4 HD 1080p 56 MB
Transcript DOCX Word Icon 5 N/A 33 KB

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Pre-embarkation 4 x can

This video demonstrates the Pre-embarkation method using Pre-flight cabin and Pre-flight hold (cargo areas) aircraft disinsection method application on a B747 aircraft.

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Pre-embarkation 4 x cans  MP4 HD 1080p 52 MB
Transcript DOCX Word Icon 5 N/A 33 KB

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Residual Cabin and Hold

Residual

This video demonstrates the Residual method for both the cabin and hold (cargo areas) of an aircraft.

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Residual  MP4 HD 1080p 73 MB
Transcript DOCX Word Icon 5 N/A 2 KB

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Last reviewed: 2 August 2021
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