2020-65 - Business Systems Program – Plant Exports Management System updates

30 October 2020


This Industry Advice Notice (IAN) is to notify stakeholders of updates to the Plant Exports Management System (PEMS).

Summary of changes and key points

  • PEMS is now able to capture and report on possible fruit fly incursions for horticulture inspections.
  • PEMS is now able to capture and report on tolerance information against identified infestations for grain inspections.
  • Containerised goods inspections have been updated to better cater for log inspections.
  • Several other minor enhancements have also been delivered.
  • The Reference: Plant Exports Management System (PEMS) Authorised Officer user guides have been updated to reflect these changes. Specifically, the following guides have been changed:
    • Containerised goods inspections
    • Horticulture inspections
    • Bulk into ship hold inspections
    • Quality systems recognition


PEMS is an IT system that is used to capture and store information relating to the export of plants and plant products from Australia; including plant product export inspection, calibration results and transport units.

In May 2019, PEMS was made available to all plant export external AOs, exporters, EDI users and registered establishment executives, across Australia. The use of PEMS for the export of plants and plant products will become mandatory from 1 February 2021.

The system is supported with a suite of tools, including:

Refer to IAN 2020-60, 2020-57, 2020-19, 2019-392019-322019-202018-47 and 2018-55 for further background.

Contact information

If you have any questions regarding this IAN please email PEMS Administrator.


David Ironside
Assistant Secretary
Plant Export Operations Branch

Last reviewed: 30 October 2020
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