The Maritime Arrivals Reporting System (MARS)

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What is MARS?

MARS is an online web portal to be used by commercial vessel masters and shipping agents to submit pre-arrival documents required of all international, commercial, vessels seeking Australian biosecurity clearance. MARS has functionality to view information related to the status of your vessel.

Electronic offline forms can be used where there is limited connectivity, but they do not constitute the approved form. Reporting obligations are met once your arrival information has been submitted in MARS.

Use the above link where you already have a current MARS account.

To register for MARS for the first time, read the Accessing MARS Quick Reference Guide (QRG01 PDF).

The Biosecurity Status Document (BSD)

The Biosecurity Status Document (BSD) is a single source of information for biosecurity directions and advice to commercial vessel operator/master/shipping agent for each voyage. BSD documents are emailed to the master and agent and also available in MARS.

The BSD is auto generated in MARS and is version controlled to reflect any reported changes to directions or status occurring throughout a voyage. It uses a traffic light system as a visual cue to alert the user regarding the vessel status and any associated directions or advice issued by the department.

The BSD details the department's directions for arrival including berthing conditions, pratique, ballast water, non-first point of entry and treatment directions.

MARS and vessel arrival support tools

There are a range of support tools available to help use MARS and comply with Australia’s biosecurity requirements. See the MARS Communications and Training Materials webpage for user guides, Quick Reference Guides, FAQs, checklists and brochures.

Last reviewed: 5 March 2021
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