First points of entry – information for arriving vessels and goods

When entering an Australian port, international vessels must comply with the:

Vessels must arrive at a first point of entry (FPOE) unless we grant prior approval to arrive at a non-first point of entry. Find out about:

FPOE Determinations

Each FPOE has its own determination. This sets out what classes of vessels and goods are permitted to arrive there. Determinations also list the biosecurity entry points within the port that certain classes of vessels and goods must arrive at.

If you are a vessel’s master, owner or agent, you must ensure your vessel complies with FPOE determinations.

If a port does not have a FPOE determination it is not a non-first point of entry and you will need to apply for permission to moor your vessel or unload goods at that port.

To find out more about specific commodities import conditions, visit BICON.

Changes to FPOE

FPOE determinations are subject to change. It is the obligation of a vessel’s master, owner or agent, to ensure that the vessel complies with the current permissions and biosecurity entry points in FPOE determinations.

Please follow the links to the FPOE determinations listed below for current vessel and goods permissions, biosecurity entry points for certain classes of vessels and goods, definitions, and other important information.

You can subscribe to our Import Industry Advice Notices to stay informed of changes at FPOE.

First Points of Entry

This table lists ports that are first points of entry for international vessels to Australia.

You can also view a map displaying Australia's first points of entry.


Port

State

Lat

Long

First Point of Entry Determination

Permitted Vessels and Goods
Coffs Harbour NSW -30.3 153.166667 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Coffs Harbour) Determination 2019 Non-commercial vessels
Non-commercial vessel baggage and waste
Newcastle NSW -32.933333 151.766667 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Newcastle) Determination 2019 Non-commercial vessels, commercial vessels and passenger vessels
Non-commercial vessel baggage and waste
Freight containers, general goods, inorganic bulk goods, waste
Port Botany NSW -34 151.233333 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Port Botany) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels
Freight containers, general goods, inorganic bulk goods, live horses, waste
Port Kembla NSW -34.466667 150.9 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry— Port of Port Kembla) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels and passenger vessels
Freight containers, general goods, inorganic bulk goods, waste
Sydney NSW -33.833333 151.283333 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Sydney) Determination 2019 Non-commercial vessels, commercial vessels, and passenger vessels
All vessel baggage and waste
General goods, inorganic bulk goods, waste
Eden NSW -37.101912 149.928446 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Eden) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels and passenger vessels
Commercial vessel baggage
Yamba NSW -29.416667 153.366667 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Yamba) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels
Commercial vessel baggage
Darwin NT -12.45 130.833333 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Darwin) Determination 2019 Non-commercial vessels, commercial vessels, and passenger vessels
All vessel baggage and waste
Freight containers, general goods, inorganic bulk goods
Melville Bay NT -12.2 136.666667 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Melville Bay) Determination 2019   Commercial vessels
Inorganic bulk goods
Milner Bay NT -13.859289 136.419511 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Milner Bay) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels
Commercial vessel baggage
Bowen (Abbot Point) QLD -19.85 148.066667 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Bowen (Abbot Point)) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels
Commercial vessel baggage
Brisbane QLD -27.383333 153.166667 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Brisbane) Determination 2019 Non-commercial vessels, commercial vessels, and passenger vessels
Non-commercial and passenger vessel baggage
Freight containers, general goods, inorganic bulk goods, live horses, and waste
Bundaberg QLD -24.766667 152.383333 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Bundaberg) Determination 2019 Commercial and non-commercial vessels
Non-commercial vessel baggage and waste
General goods and waste
Cairns QLD -16.916667 145.783333 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Cairns) Determination 2019 Non-commercial vessels, passenger vessels and commercial vessels
Non-commercial vessel baggage and waste, passenger vessel baggage
Freight containers, general goods, inorganic bulk goods, and waste
Coral Sea Marina, Airlie Beach QLD -20.266 148.71 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Coral Sea Marina, Airlie Beach) Determination 2020 Non-commercial vessels
Non-commercial vessel baggage and waste
Gladstone QLD -23.85 151.25 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Gladstone) Determination 2019 Non-commercial vessels, commercial vessels and passenger vessels
Non-commercial vessel baggage and waste
Freight containers, inorganic bulk goods, general goods, and waste
Gold Coast Broadwater QLD -27.5825 153.2527 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Gold Coast Broadwater) Determination 2019 Non-commercial vessels
Non-commercial vessel baggage and waste
Hay Point QLD -21.266667 149.316667 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Hay Point) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels
Waste
Lucinda QLD -18.523969 146.331968 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Lucinda) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels
Commercial vessel baggage
Mackay QLD -21.15 149.233333 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Mackay) Determination 2019 Non-commercial vessels, commercial vessels, and passenger vessels
Commercial vessel baggage, freight containers, inorganic bulk goods, general goods, and waste
Non-commercial vessel baggage and waste
Mourilyan QLD -17.599071 146.123528 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Mourilyan) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels
Commercial vessel baggage
Port Alma QLD -23.733333 150.866667 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Port Alma) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels
General goods, waste, and freight containers
Port Kennedy QLD -10.583333 142.216667 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Port Kennedy) Determination 2019 Non-commercial vessels, commercial vessels, and passenger vessels
Non-commercial vessel baggage and waste
Townsville QLD -19.25 146.866667 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Townsville) Determination 2019 Non-commercial vessels, commercial vessels, and passenger vessels
Freight containers, general goods, inorganic bulk goods, waste, and passenger vessel baggage
Non-commercial vessel baggage and waste
Weipa QLD -12.666667 141.85 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Weipa) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels
Inorganic bulk goods
Thevenard SA -32.2 133.566667 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry–Port of Thevenard) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels
Commercial vessel baggage
Ardrossan SA -34.437089 137.916698 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Ardrossan) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels
Commercial vessel baggage
Port Pirie SA -33.166667 138.033333 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Port Pirie) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels
Inorganic bulk goods
Wallaroo SA -33.933333 137.616667 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Wallaroo) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels and passenger vessels
Commercial vessel baggage
Whyalla SA -33.033333 137.6 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Whyalla) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels
Inorganic bulk goods
Port Adelaide SA -34.85 138.5 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port Adelaide) Determination 2021 Commercial vessels and passenger vessels
Goods other live horses, non-commercial vessel baggage and non-commercial vessel waste
Port Bonython SA -32.994339 137.767653 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Port Bonython) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels
Commercial vessel baggage
Inorganic bulk goods
Port Giles SA -35.033333 137.766667 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Port Giles) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels
Commercial vessel baggage
Port Lincoln SA -34.733333 135.866667 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Port Lincoln) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels and passenger vessels
Inorganic bulk goods and waste
Burnie TAS -41.05 145.916667 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Burnie) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels and passenger vessels
Commercial vessel baggage, general goods, inorganic bulk goods, and waste
Devonport TAS -41.15 146.366667 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Devonport) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels and passenger vessels
Inorganic bulk goods and waste
Port Latta TAS -40.852709 145.381479 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Port Latta) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels
Commercial vessel baggage
Hobart TAS -42.866667 147.3 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Hobart) Determination 2019 Non-commercial vessels, commercial vessels, and passenger vessels
Freight containers, general goods, inorganic bulk goods, waste, and passenger vessel baggage
Non-commercial vessel baggage and waste
Launceston (Bell Bay) TAS -41.433333 146.766667 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Launceston (Bell Bay)) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels, non-commercial vessels, and passenger vessels
Freight containers, general goods, inorganic bulk goods, and waste
Non-commercial vessel baggage and waste
Geelong VIC -38.15 144.366667 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Geelong) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels and passenger vessels
Freight containers, inorganic bulk goods, general goods, and waste
Commercial vessel baggage
Melbourne VIC -37.846664 144.966667 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Melbourne) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels and passenger vessels
Freight containers, inorganic bulk goods, general goods, and waste
Commercial vessel baggage and passenger vessel baggage
Portland VIC -38.333333 141.616667 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Portland) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels and passenger vessels
Commercial vessel baggage, inorganic bulk goods, wood pulp, and waste
Westernport VIC -38.462729 145.340881 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Westernport) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels
Inorganic bulk goods and waste
Albany WA -35.033333 117.883333 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Albany) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels and passenger vessels
Inorganic bulk goods, general goods, waste, and commercial vessel baggage
Broome WA -17.966667 122.233333 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Broome) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels and passenger vessels
Inorganic bulk goods and waste
Bunbury WA -33.316667 115.633333 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Bunbury) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels and passenger vessels
General goods, inorganic bulk goods, and waste
Dampier WA -20.666667 116.7 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Dampier) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels and passenger vessels
General goods, waste, inorganic bulk goods, freight containers and commercial vessel baggage
Esperance WA -33.866667 121.883333 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Esperance) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels and passenger vessels
General goods, waste, inorganic bulk goods, freight containers, and commercial vessel baggage
Fremantle WA -32.008333 115.775 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Fremantle) Determination 2019 Non-commercial vessels, commercial vessels, and passenger vessels
Freight containers, general goods, inorganic bulk goods, and waste
Non-commercial vessel waste, and all vessel baggage
Geraldton WA -28.766667 114.6 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Geraldton) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels and passenger vessels
Inorganic bulk goods and waste
Port Hedland WA -20.316667 118.566667 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Port Hedland) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels and passenger vessels
Freight containers, inorganic bulk goods, general goods, waste, and commercial vessel baggage
Port Walcott WA -20.616667 117.183333 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Port Walcott) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels
Commercial vessel baggage
Wyndham WA -15.466667 128.1 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Wyndham) Determination 2019 Commercial vessels and passenger vessels
Commercial vessel baggage
Christmas Island Terr -10.4 3624 105.6616 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Christmas Island) Determination 2016 (extended transitional determination) Commercial vessels, passenger vessels, and non-commercial vessels
Cocos (Keeling) Islands Terr -12.05529 96.81086 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Cocos (Keeling) Islands) Determination 2016 (extended transitional determination) Commercial vessels, passenger vessels, and non-commercial vessels
Ball Bay, Norfolk Island Terr -29.04762 167.987030 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Ball Bay, Norfolk Island) Determination 2016 (extended transitional determination) Commercial vessels
Cascade Bay, Norfolk Island Terr -29.01667 167.966670 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Cascade Bay, Norfolk Island) Determination 2016 ( (extended transitional determination) Commercial vessels, passenger vessels, and non-commercial vessels
Sydney Bay (Kingston), Norfolk Island Terr -29.058 167.952 Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port of Sydney Bay (Kingston), Norfolk Island) Determination 2016 (extended transitional determination) Commercial vessels, passenger vessels, and non-commercial vessels

‘Commercial vessels’ includes all vessels other than passenger and non-commercial vessels, generally including vessels intended for commercial, military, government, or research purposes.

‘Commercial vessel baggage’ refers to accompanied crew baggage for crew change.

To see other definitions of key terms listed here, check the determination of the relevant port.

Last reviewed: 5 July 2021
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