Requirements for operating approved arrangements

​​​​​The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has set requirements for how activities can be performed under an approved arrangement. Some requirements are specific to the class of approved arrangement you are operating and some apply across multiple arrangement classes.

The class of your approved arrangements is based on the:

  • type of activities taking place in the arrangement
  • associated biosecurity risks.

Class specific requirements

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Class 1

Approved arrangement sites used for the deconsolidation of sea and air cargo, inspection and treatment of goods, containers and Universal Loading Devices (ULDs).

1.1 - Sea and air freight depot (unrestricted)

Approved arrangement sites approved for initial non-containerised machinery inspections, rural container inspections, external container inspections and the storage, inspection or treatment of incorrectly certified agricultural products from Khapra beetle countries.

Note; to be able to conduct rural container inspection a certified sea container inspection stand must be available on site. The stand must be suitable for the types of containers being inspected and be certified according to the standards in the department’s Standards for Sea Freight Container Inspection Stands available on the department’s website.

Applicants entering into a class 1.1 approved arrangement must provide container stand certification as part of their application. Applications not accompanied by container stand certification will be unable to be approved.

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AA for sea and air freight depot (unrestricted) - requirements PDF 19 1.1 MB
AA for sea and air freight depot (unrestricted) - requirements DOCX 19 392 KB

1.2 - Air cargo terminal

Approved arrangement sites used for the deconsolidation of air cargo, inspection and treatment of goods, containers and ULDs that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for air cargo terminals - requirements PDF 17 924 KB
AA for air cargo terminals - requirements DOCX 17 389 KB

1.3 - Sea and air freight depot (restricted)

Approved arrangement sites utilised for the deconsolidation of sea and air cargo, including personal and household effects. These sites can be approved for containerised machinery inspections and the fumigation and cleaning of goods subject to biosecurity control.

Note; to be able to conduct external container inspections (including rural tailgate inspections) at a class 1.3 approved arrangement an applicant must hold approval for class 4.3 – cleaning (minimum wash pad size 16 meters x 5 meters), additionally a certified sea container inspection stand must be available on site.

The sea container stand must be suitable for the types of containers being inspected and be certified according to the standards in the department’s Standards for Sea Freight Container Inspection Stands available on the department’s website.

Where applicants applying for a class 1.3 approved arrangement elect to include rural tailgate inspection, the applicant must provide container stand certification as part of their application. Applications that include rural tailgate inspection but which are not accompanied by container stand certification will be unable to be approved.

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AA for sea and air freight depot (restricted) - requirements PDF 14 150 KB
AA for sea and air freight depot (restricted) - requirements DOCX 14 384 KB

Biosecurity Risk Material Record

Instructions for completing the Biosecurity risk material (BRM) record

The BRM record must be completed by an Accredited Person when bark, soil or animal/plant/insect contamination is found in imported containers and/or on timber packaging/dunnage. The BRM record must be maintained at the AA site.

The contamination must be dealt with according to the AA class 1.1 and 1.3 requirements.

Example of BRM record

See description below.

Example 1 (line 1): An FCL consignment of goods was found to contain grain on the container floor and bark was present on the timber packaging. The timber packaging was marked with an ISPM 15 compliant stamp.

Example 2 (lines 2 and 3): A container was opened and a dead animal was found inside the container. The doors were closed immediately and the department was notified. After a departmental officer had removed the dead animal from the container the goods were unpacked. Bark was found on the timber packaging on one of three LCL consignments within the container. The timber packaging was not marked with an ISPM 15 compliant stamp.

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Biosecurity risk material record PDF 1 257 KB
Biosecurity risk material record DOCX 1 67 KB

Class 2

Approved arrangement sites used for the deconsolidation, handling, storage, inspection or examination and treatment of cargo and containers subject to biosecurity control.

2.1 - Non-agricultural products

Approved arrangement sites used for the deconsolidation, handling, storage, inspection and treatment of certain goods and equipment that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for non-agricultural products - requirements PDF 19 930 KB
AA for non-agricultural products - requirements DOCX 19 388 KB

2.2 - Agricultural products

Approved arrangement sites used for the deconsolidation, storage and inspection of goods that are subject to biosecurity control, but are processed or packaged in such a way as to preclude the possibility of external contamination.

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AA for agricultural products - requirements PDF 16 905 KB
AA for agricultural products - requirements DOCX 16 386 KB

2.3 - Bulk stockfeed/fertiliser

Approved arrangement sites used for the receival, storage, inspection and treatment of bulk commodities such as fertiliser and stockfeed that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for bulk stockfeed/fertiliser - requirements PDF 15 889 KB
AA for bulk stockfeed/fertiliser - requirements DOCX 15 381 KB

2.4 - Fresh produce, nursery stock and cut flowers

Approved arrangement site utilised for the deconsolidation, handling, storage, inspection and treatment of fresh fruit and vegetables, cut flowers (including foliage which forms part of the consignment) and nursery stock (excluding tissue cultures) that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for Fresh produce, nursery stock and cut flowers PDF 15 1.1 MB
AA for Fresh produce, nursery stock and cut flowers DOCX 15 390 KB

2.41 - Verification of packaging for airfreight perishables

Approved arrangement site utilised for the verification of consignment packaging for airfreight perishables and securing of airfreight perishable consignments for transport.

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AA for verification of packaging for airfreight perishables PDF 10 880 KB
AA for verification of packaging for airfreight perishables DOCX 10 384 KB

2.5 - Temperature controlled storage

Approved arrangement sites used for the receipt, storage, and inspection of commodities that have temperature controlled storage requirements, and for those that require cold temperature treatments.

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AA for temperature controlled storage - requirements PDF 15 515 KB
AA for temperature controlled storage - requirements DOCX 15 380 KB
2.5.1 - Temperature controlled storage of specified baitfish

Approved arrangement sites used for the receival, storage, inspection and thawing of specified baitfish that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for temperature controlled storage of specified baitfish - requirements PDF 13 893 KB
AA for temperature controlled storage of specified baitfish - requirements DOCX 13 378 KB
Baitfish discrepancy form PDF 1 238 KB
Baitfish discrepancy form DOCX 1 81 KB
2.5.2 - Temperature controlled storage of imported pig meat

Approved arrangement sites used to undertake temperature controlled storage and handling of imported pig meat that is subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for temperature controlled storage of imported pig meat - requirements PDF 14 917 KB
AA for temperature controlled storage of imported pig meat - requirements DOCX 14 381 KB
Example of reconciliation of goods form PDF 1 19 KB
Example of reconciliation of goods form DOCX 1 20 KB
Imported pig meat discrepancy notification form PDF 1 411 KB
Imported pig meat discrepancy notification form DOCX 1 49 KB
Imported pig meat movement request form PDF 1 212 KB
Imported pig meat movement request form DOCX 1 20 KB

2.6 - Empty shipping container parks

Approved arrangement sites used for the handling, storage, internal examination and treatment of empty shipping containers that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for empty shipping container parks - requirements PDF 18 954 KB
AA for empty shipping container parks - requirements DOCX 22 385 KB

2.7 – Grain storage

Approved arrangement (AA) sites utilised for the storage and handling of bulk imported grain commodities such as maize, wheat, barley, and sorghum.

Applications for approval for a class 2.7 must be accompanied by endorsement of the proposed site location issued by the department’s Plant Import Operations branch. Applications that do not provide this information will be considered incomplete. Before applying for a class 2.AA, requests for assessment of the proposed site location must be submitted to imports.

Documents including guidelines and templates referenced in the AA conditions and with which biosecurity industry participants must comply, and general information on the department’s regulation of imported grain can be found on the department’s imported whole grain website.

Once you have received the required approvals from Plant Import Operations please contact aa.canberra@awe.gov.au for more information on how to apply.

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AA for imported grain storage - requirements PDF 15 840 KB
AA for imported grain storage - requirements DOCX 15 395 KB

Applications for approval for a class 2.7 must be accompanied by endorsement of the proposed site location issued by the department’s Plant Import Operations branch. Applications that do not provide this information will be considered incomplete. Requests for assessment of the proposed site location must be submitted to imports.

Documents including guidelines and templates referenced in the AA conditions and with which biosecurity industry participants must comply, and general information on the department’s regulation of imported grain can be found on the department’s imported whole grain website.

2.8 – Temporary storage of containerised refrigerated pig meat

Approved arrangement sites used for the temporary storage of refrigerated containers holding imported pig meat that is subject to biosecurity control, prior to movement to a class 2.5.2 or 3.2 AA site.

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AA for temporary storage of containerised refrigerated pig meat - requirements PDF 15 420 KB
AA for temporary storage of containerised refrigerated pig meat - requirements DOCX 15 390 KB
Imported pig meat discrepancy notification form PDF 1 411 KB
Imported pig meat discrepancy notification form DOCX 1 49 KB
Imported pig meat movement request form PDF 1 212 KB
Imported pig meat movement request form DOCX 1 20 KB

Class 3

Approved arrangement (AA) sites used for general cargo, agricultural products, bulk commodities, and imported grain facilities that are subject to biosecurity control, where treatment and processing is undertaken.

3.0 – Processing

AA sites used for the receipt, storage, inspection and processing of goods subject to biosecurity control. Examples of goods which may be processed at class 3.0 AA site include plant, animal or microbial derived ingredients for use in processing for human consumption, pet food, aquaculture or stock feed, hides for tanning, hunting trophies for taxidermy (tanneries), wool for scouring, bagged nuts, seeds or grain, fresh produce.

Before applying for AA class 3.0, an applicant must obtain:

  1. endorsement of the proposed site location from the department’s Plant Division and/or Animal Division (see contact details below), and
  2. a biosecurity risk assessment from the department’s Plant Division and/or Animal Division (see contact details below).

Notes:

  • Where goods are subject to processing to manage plant only risks (e.g. bagged nuts, seeds or grains, fresh produce), contact Plant Division only to obtain site location endorsement and a biosecurity risk assessment by completing the ‘processing questionnaire for imported plant material’.
  • Where goods are subject to processing to manage plant and animal risks (e.g. plant, animal or microbial derived ingredients used in pet food, aquaculture or stockfeed), contact both Animal Division and Plant Division to obtain site location endorsement and a biosecurity risk assessment. To determine whether the goods subject to processing contain animal and/or plant risks, refer to BICON.
  • An applicant does not need to obtain endorsement of the site location or a biosecurity risk assessment from Animal Division for animal derived material/ingredients, having no other plant risks, imported for processing into products having a human consumption or human therapeutic end-use, or hides for tanning, hunting trophies for taxidermy or wool for scouring.

Contacts:

  • Animal Division – imports@awe.gov.au. In your email to Animal Division, include ‘Attention Animal & Biological Import Branch – Risk assessment for Class 3.0 AA application’ in the subject line
  • Plant Division – imports@awe.gov.au. In your email to Plant Division, include ‘Attention: Plant tier 2’ in the subject line.

Applicants must provide (a) endorsement of the proposed AA site location and (b) the completed biosecurity risk assessment as part of their application, unless specified above as not required. Applications not accompanied by these will be unable to be approved.

Once you have Plant Division and/or Animal Division endorsement of the proposed AA site location and a biosecurity risk assessment, contact aa.canberra@awe.gov.au for more information on how to apply.

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AA for produce processing - requirements PDF 15 898 KB
AA for produce processing - requirements DOCX 15 379 KB
Revised AA conditions for processing – version 4.0 PDF 33 877 KB
Revised AA conditions for processing – version 4.0 DOCX 33 2.3 MB

Note: In August 2020, the department will contact biosecurity industry participants of existing class 3.0 approved arrangement sites and provide information regarding the changes to AA class 3.0 and process to transition their arrangements to include version 4.0 of the class 3.0 conditions.

All new class 3.0 applications are subject to compliance with version 4.0 of the class 3.0 conditions.

3.1 – Grain processing

Approved arrangement (AA) sites utilised for the processing of bulk imported grain commodities such as maize, wheat, barley, and sorghum.

Applications for approval for a class 3.1 must be accompanied by endorsement of the proposed site location issued by the department’s Plant Import Operations branch. Applications that do not provide this information will be considered incomplete.

Before applying for a class 3.1 AA, requests for assessment of the proposed site location must be submitted to imports.

Documents including guidelines and templates referenced in the AA conditions and with which biosecurity industry participants must comply, and general information on the department’s regulation of imported grain can be found on the department’s imported whole grain website.

Once you have received the required approvals from Plant Import Operations please contact aa.canberra@awe.gov.au for more information on how to apply.

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AA for imported grain processing - requirements PDF 15 970 KB
AA for imported grain processing - requirements DOCX 15 372 KB

3.2 – Imported pig meat processing

Approved arrangement sites used for the handling, storage, transport and processing of imported uncooked pig meat that is subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for imported pig meat processing - requirements PDF 20 917 KB
AA for imported pig meat processing - requirements DOCX 20 390 KB
Imported pig meat discrepancy notification form PDF 1 380 KB
Imported pig meat discrepancy notification form DOCX 1 20 KB
Imported pig meat movement request form PDF 1 216 KB
Imported pig meat movement request form DOCX 1 44 KB

3.3 – Imported uncooked prawn product processing

AA sites utilised for the processing of imported uncooked prawn product.

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AA for imported uncooked prawn processing - requirements 16 440 KB
AA for imported uncooked prawn processing - requirements DOCX 16 392 KB

3.4 – Imported salmon product processing

AA sites utilised for the processing of imported uncooked salmon product.

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AA for imported salmon processing - conditions PDF 25 1.1 MB
AA for imported salmon processing - conditions DOCX 25 676 KB

Class 4

Approved arrangement sites used for the treatment and or cleaning of goods, containers and packaging that is subject to biosecurity control.

Note: The use of class 4.7 sites is limited only to the secure unpack of containers subject to treatment to manage seasonal hitchhiker biosecurity pests.

4.1 – Heat treatment site

Approved arrangement sites used where the heat treatment of goods, containers and packaging that are subject to biosecurity control is undertaken

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AA for heat treatments - requirements PDF 16 905 KB
AA for heat treatments - requirements DOCX 16 386 KB
Revised AA conditions for heat treatments – conditions Version 3.1 PDF 16 905 KB
Revised AA conditions for heat treatments – conditions Version 3.1 DOCX 16 386 KB

Note: Biosecurity industry participants approved under AA class 4.1 at 6 September 2019 will be subject to a notice of intent to vary arrangement conditions. These BIPs will be provided a period within which compliance with AA Class 4.1 VERSION 3.1 must be achieved.

All new class 4.1 applications will be assessed against version 3.1.

4.2 – Gamma irradiation

Approved arrangement sites used for gamma irradiation treatment of goods and packaging that is subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for gamma irradiation - requirements PDF 14 501 KB
AA for gamma irradiation - requirements DOCX 14 378 KB

4.3 – Cleaning

Approved arrangement sites used for the cleaning of goods, containers and packaging, e.g. washing of cars that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for cleaning - requirements PDF 14 1.1 MB
AA for cleaning - requirements DOCX 14 396 KB

4.4 – Seed cleaning

Approved arrangement sites used for the performance of cleaning seeds that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for seed cleaning - requirements PDF 14 888 KB
AA for seed cleaning - requirements DOCX 14 376 KB

4.6 – Fumigation

Approved arrangement sites used where the fumigation of goods, containers and packaging that are subject to biosecurity control is undertaken.

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AA for fumigation - requirements PDF 14 848 KB
AA for fumigation - requirements DOCX 14 390 KB

Further information

  • Methyl bromide fumigation methodology
  • Guide to performing QPS fumigation
  • Sulfuryl fluoride fumigation methodology

4.7 – Secure unpack for treatment of seasonal hitchhiker biosecurity pests

Approved arrangement sites used where containers subject to biosecurity seasonal risk measures require unpack within a secure environment for the purpose of rectifying issues preventing treatment at the container level.

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AA for secure unpack for treatment of seasonal hitchhiker biosecurity pests - conditions PDF 17 1.0 MB
AA for secure unpack for treatment of seasonal hitchhiker biosecurity pests - conditions DOCX 17 676 KB

Further information

  • Heat treatment methodology
  • Methyl bromide fumigation methodology
  • Sulfuryl fluoride fumigation methodology

Class 5

AA sites used for research, analysis and/or testing of imported biological material including micro-organisms, animal and human products and soil. This type of site includes microbiological facilities, animal facilities and plant laboratories, whether integral or separate to the site. Where applicable, class 5 requirements should be read in conjunction with the appropriate Australian/New Zealand Standard as listed in individual classes.

Biosecurity containment level 1

AA sites used for goods subject to biosecurity control of low hazard where standard safe containment practice is adequate to address biosecurity risk.

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AA for BC1 facilities Requirements Version 1.1 PDF  47 1 MB
AA for BC1 facilities Requirements Version 1.1 DOCX 47 478 KB
AA for BC1 Informative Text Version 1.0 PDF  26 1 MB
AA for BC1 Informative Text Version 1.0 DOCX  26 432 KB

The published document has been prepared by the department. Some components of this document do not fully comply with Australian Government accessibility guidelines. If you have any problems using this document please contact the department.

5.2 – Biosecurity containment level 2

AA sites used for goods subject to biosecurity control of low to moderate risk to animals, plants or humans if disease is spread to the community or environment.

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AA for biosecurity containment level 2 - requirements PDF 33 1.0 MB
AA for biosecurity containment level 2 - requirements DOCX 33 372 KB

5.3 – Biosecurity containment level 3

AA sites used for goods subject to biosecurity control which pose significant risks to animals, plants or humans if pest or disease associated with them spread outside the AA site and from which significant economic impact would result in the community or environment.

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AA for biosecurity containment level 3 - requirements PDF 40 1.1 MB
AA for biosecurity containment level 3 - requirements DOCX 40 410 KB

5.4 – Biosecurity containment level 4

AA sites used for goods subject to biosecurity control which pose serious life-threatening risks to animals, plants or humans if pests or disease associated with them spread outside the AA site and from which substantial economic impact would result to people, the community or environment.

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AA for biosecurity containment level 4 - requirements PDF 38 1.1 MB
AA for biosecurity containment level 4 - requirements DOCX 38 407 KB

Containment AA sites multiple room approval

This document outlines the requirements for determining when AA sites undertaking biosecurity containment using multiple rooms or laboratories can be approved as a single AA site.

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Containment facilities multiple room approval PDF 7 870 KB
Containment facilities multiple room approval DOCX 7 638 KB

Transfers between co-located AA sites checklists

These checklist are required whenever transporting goods that are subject to biosecurity control between co-located AA sites.

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Driver checklist PDF 1 369 KB
Driver checklist DOCX 1 58 KB
Accredited Person checklist PDF 1 371 KB
Accredited Person checklist DOCX 1 58 KB

Class 6

Approved arrangement sites used for the post entry quarantine (PEQ) of nursery stock such as aquatic plants, bulbs, seed lines, cuttings and other medium risk nursery stock are handled.

6.1 – Medium risk nursery stock

Approved arrangement sites used for nursery stock that is subject to biosecurity control in plant houses, glasshouses, polyhouses, igloos or tunnel houses, etc (excludes screen houses).

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AA for medium risk nursery stock - requirements PDF 13 878 KB
AA for medium risk nursery stock - requirements DOCX 13 380 KB

6.7 – Plant Process Management System

A class 6.7 approved arrangement is a single class approved arrangement for managing the biosecurity risk associated with the growth of restricted seed and plant material in post-entry quarantine (PEQ). The biosecurity activities under a 6.7 approved arrangement are required to be carried out at one or more approved arrangement sites under other (e.g. existing) arrangements held by the same entity which have classes appropriate for restricted and high risk plant material.

Contact Plant Import Operations at imports for more information on how to apply for a class 6.7 approved arrangement.

6.11 – Bulbs

Approved arrangement sites used for bulbs that are subject to biosecurity control in open areas.

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AA for bulbs - requirements PDF 15 892 KB
AA for bulbs - requirements DOCX 15 382 KB
AA for bulbs - information PDF 23 920 KB
AA for bulbs - Information DOCX 23 3.7 MB
Movement of bulbs to another AA site form PDF 6 376 KB
Movement of bulbs to another AA site form DOCX 6 234 KB
Request for release of certified bulbs form PDF 5 448 KB
Request for release of certified bulbs form DOCX 5 199 KB

Class 7

Approved arrangement sites used for holding imported animals. Where applicable, class 7 requirements should be read in conjunction with the appropriate Australian/New Zealand Standard as listed in individual classes.

7.1 – Aquarium fish

Approved arrangement site used for holding live fresh water and marine ornamental fin fish that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for aquarium fish - requirements PDF 15 1.1 MB
AA for aquarium fish - requirements DOCX 15 397 KB

7.2 – Biosecurity insectary containment level 2

AA sites used for goods subject to biosecurity control which present a moderate hazard to facility personnel or to the environment.

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AA for biosecurity insectary containment level 2 - requirements PDF 21 943 KB
AA for biosecurity insectary containment level 2 - requirements DOCX 21 383 KB

7.3 – Biosecurity insectary containment level 3

Approved arrangement sites used for goods subject to biosecurity control which pose significant risks to animals, plants or humans if pest or disease associated with them spread outside the site and from which significant economic impact would result in the community or environment.

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AA for biosecurity insectary containment level 3 - requirements PDF 26 981 KB
AA for biosecurity insectary containment level 3 - requirements DOCX 26 387 KB

7.4 – Biosecurity insectary containment level 4

Approved arrangement sites used for goods subject to biosecurity control which pose significant risks to animals, plants or humans if the insect, pest or disease associated with them spread outside the site and from which significant economic impact would result in the community or environment.

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AA for biosecurity insectary containment level 4 - requirements PDF 25 975 KB
AA for biosecurity insectary containment level 4 - requirements DOCX 25 387 KB

7.5 – Laboratory rodents

Approved arrangement sites used for the purpose of holding live laboratory rodents that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for laboratory rodents - requirements PDF 13 886 KB
AA for laboratory rodents - requirements DOCX 13 376 KB

7.6 – Laboratory xenopus

Approved arrangement sites used for the purpose of holding live laboratory xenopus that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for laboratory xenopus - requirements PDF 13 888 KB
AA for laboratory xenopus - requirements DOCX 13 376 KB

7.7 – Laboratory fish

Approved arrangement sites used for the purpose of holding live laboratory fish that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for laboratory fish - requirements PDF 20 931 KB
AA for laboratory fish - requirements DOCX 20 382 KB

7.8 – Defence and Police dogs

Approved arrangement sites used for the purpose of holding Defence and Police dogs that are subject to biosecurity control.

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AA for Defence and Police dogs - requirements PDF  15 742 KB
AA for Defence and Police dogs - requirements DOCX  15 681 KB
AA for Defence and Police dogs - information PDF  12 926 KB
AA for Defence and Police dogs - information DOCX  12 401 KB
Daily monitoring sheet PDF  1 244 KB
Daily monitoring sheet DOCX  1 41 KB
Veterinary examination form PDF  2 227 KB
Veterinary examination form DOCX  2 41 KB

Nominated veterinary hospital reference

This reference details the requirements for nominated veterinary hospitals when providing veterinary care for Defence and Police dogs subject to biosecurity control.

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Nominated veterinary hospitals - assessment guide PDF  7 712 KB
Nominated veterinary hospitals - assessment guide DOCX  7 663 KB

7.9 – Zoo animals

Approved arrangement sites used for the isolation, examination and testing of live imported zoo animals as required by import permit conditions.

Initial approval

The initial approval process described below applies when a zoo importer doesn’t have an approved:

  • facility/enclosure onsite that’s previously been approved for the import of animals
  • arrangement reference number issued by the department.

Due to the generic nature of the class 7.9 requirements, applicants seeking approval under this class will need to:

  • identify the species for which an import permit will be sought
  • have an area to be used for the post-arrival quarantine of the imported animals identified
  • submit a post-arrival quarantine procedures manual for the proposed species for assessment
  • be ready for an onsite audit.

It is not uncommon for zoos to operate a single multi-use/species enclosure. Applicants should advise at the time of applying that the enclosure is to be used for subsequent imports of different species. By providing this information upfront, the importer may decrease the level of audit required through subsequent site assessments for different species. This will be assessed on a case by case basis.

New applications and subsequent import requests for approval for a class 7.9 must be accompanied by a post-arrival quarantine procedures manual for the proposed species that is approved by regional Veterinary Exports and Meat Group (VEMG). Applications that do not provide this information will be considered incomplete.

Please contact your regional VEMG team at:

Once you have received the required approvals from Live Animal Imports Program you may contact aa.canberra@awe.gov.au for more information on how to apply.

Once the approved arrangement is approved, the import permit may be issued and the proposed import can then occur.

Post approval

The post-approval process described below applies after an imported animal has completed its post-arrival quarantine period.

Once the imported species has completed the required post-arrival quarantine period, the approved arrangement approval can be suspended to indicate that the site is no longer required for biosecurity control. By doing this, the site won’t be subject to additional, ongoing audits.

To suspend the approval, the biosecurity industry participant is required to notify AA Canberra that the post-arrival quarantine period has ended, provide a copy of the release record and request a voluntary suspension. Following notification, the approved arrangement will be suspended until the biosecurity industry participant requests for the suspension to be lifted.

The request to lift the suspension can be made any time prior to the next import, however a minimum of 15 working days’ notice is required.

Failure to request a voluntary suspension at the end of post-arrival quarantine period will result in the department scheduling audits to ensure compliance with approved arrangement requirements.

Additional requirements for subsequent imports

The requirements for subsequent imports described below applies when a zoo importer:

  • has previously imported animals into an approved arrangement site and has decided to import again
  • does have an approved arrangement reference number issued by the department.

Due to the broad scope of species eligible for importation and the associated variation in structures required to ensure containment of each species, for the importation of each subsequent species, applicants will need to:

  • apply for a specific import permit
  • provide their approved arrangement reference number
  • provide regional VEMG an amended procedures manual detailing the specific post-arrival quarantine procedures for that particular species
  • provide to regional VEMG details of the area to be used for the post-arrival quarantine of the animals
  • be ready for an onsite audit.

Once the amended procedures manual is endorsed by the regional VEMG team contact aa.canberra@awe.gov.au for more information on how to apply. Applications that do not provide this information will be considered incomplete.

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AA for zoo animals - requirements PDF  20 942 KB
AA for zoo animals - requirements DOCX  20 382 KB

7.10 – Fertile poultry hatching eggs

Approved arrangement sites used for the holding of fertile poultry hatching eggs and the resultant stock that are subject to biosecurity control.

Applications for approval for a class 7.10 must be accompanied by a site operations manual/standard operating procedure that is approved by the Horse, Livestock and Bird Imports Program and meets current import permit and biosecurity risk management requirements. Applications that do not provide this information will be considered incomplete.

Before applying for a class 7.10 approved arrangement, requests for assessment of the site operations manual/standard operating procedure must be submitted to imports.

Once you have received the required approvals from Horse, Livestock and Bird Imports Program please contact aa.canberra@awe.gov.au for more information on how to apply.

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AA for fertile poultry hatching eggs - requirements PDF  16 908 KB
AA for fertile poultry hatching eggs - requirements DOCX   16 380 KB

The published document has been prepared by the department. Some components of this document do not fully comply with Australian Government accessibility guidelines. If you have any problems using this document please contact the department.

7.11 – Commercial rabbits

Approved arrangement sites used to undertake the isolation, examination, treatment and testing of imported live commercial rabbits as required by Import Permit conditions.

Applications for approval for a class 7.11 must be accompanied by a site operations manual/standard operating procedure that is approved by the department's Live Animal Imports Program in Canberra. Applications that do not provide this information will be considered incomplete.

Before applying for a class 7.11 approved arrangement, requests for assessment of the site operations manual/standard operating procedure must be submitted to imports.

Once you have received the required approvals from Live Animal Imports Program please contact aa.canberra@awe.gov.au for more information on how to apply.

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AA for commercial rabbits - requirements PDF  30 990 KB
AA for commercial rabbits - requirements DOCX  30 388 KB

7.12 – Live horses

Approved arrangement sites used to undertake the isolation, examination and treatment of live imported horses as required by Import Permit conditions.

Applications for approval for a class 7.12 must be accompanied by a site operations manual/standard operating procedure that is approved by the department's Live Animal Imports Program in Canberra. Applications that do not provide this information will be considered incomplete.

Before applying for a class 7.12 approved arrangement, requests for assessment of the site operations manual/standard operating procedure must be submitted to imports.

Once you have received the required approvals from Live Animal Imports Program please contact aa.canberra@awe.gov.au for more information on how to apply.

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AA for live horse - requirements PDF  21 1.12 MB
AA for live horse - requirements DOCX  21 412 KB

Class 8

Approved arrangement sites used for the disposal of biosecurity waste.

8.1 – Incineration

Approved arrangement sites used for the incineration of biosecurity waste to irreducible ash.

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AA for incineration - requirements PDF  13 1.1 MB
AA for incineration - requirements DOCX  13 396 KB

8.2 – Deep burial

Approved arrangement sites used for the deep burial of biosecurity waste.

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AA for deep burial - requirements PDF 11 1.0 MB
AA for deep burial - requirements DOCX 11 388 KB

8.3 – Autoclave

Approved arrangement sites used for the autoclave treatment of biosecurity waste.

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AA for autoclave - requirements PDF  16 1.1 MB
AA for autoclave - requirements DOCX  16 404 KB

8.4 – Other treatments for biosecurity waste

Contact Approved arrangement section for more information on how to apply for a class 8.4 approved arrangement.

Class 10

Approved arrangement sites used for the management of biosecurity waste. Previously compliance agreements.

10.2 – Biosecurity waste collection

Approved arrangement sites used for the collection of biosecurity waste.

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AA for biosecurity waste collection - requirements PDF  10 872 KB
AA for biosecurity waste collection - requirements DOCX  10 373 KB

10.5 – Biosecurity waste storage

Approved arrangement sites used for the storage of biosecurity waste.

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AA for biosecurity waste storage - requirements PDF  8 866 KB
AA for biosecurity waste storage - requirements DOCX  8 372 KB

10.6 – Biosecurity waste transport

Approved arrangement sites used for the transportation of biosecurity waste.

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AA for biosecurity waste transport - requirements PDF  10 879 KB
AA for biosecurity waste transport - requirements DOCX  10 374 KB

Class 11

AA sites used for the management of containers. Previously compliance agreements.

11.1 – Empty container assessment

Contact AA Canberra for more information on how to apply for a class 11.1 approved arrangement.

11.2 – External container treatment

AA utilised for the removal of external contamination from imported shipping containers leaving the port, including the domestic conveyance used to move the container.

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AA for external container treatments - requirements PDF  7 823 KB
AA for external container treatments - requirements DOCX  7 371 KB

Class 12

12.1 – methyl bromide fumigation

Approved arrangement that authorises accredited fumigators to perform onshore methyl bromide fumigation treatment on goods subject to biosecurity control, under the direction of the department.

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AA for methyl bromide fumigation - requirements PDF  13 870 KB
AA for methyl bromide fumigation - requirements DOCX  13 375 KB

Further information:

  • Methyl bromide fumigation methodology
  • Guide to performing QPS fumigation with methyl bromide
  • Methyl bromide fumigation certificate template
  • Record of methyl bromide fumigation template
  • Record of methyl bromide fumigation for perishables template
Note: scroll past the BMSB documents to access the templates for non-BMSB fumigations.

12.2 – sulfuryl fluoride fumigation

Approved arrangement that authorises accredited fumigators to perform onshore sulfuryl fluoride fumigation treatment on goods subject to biosecurity control, under the direction of the department.

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AA for sulfuryl fluoride fumigation - requirements PDF  8 526 KB
AA for sulfuryl fluoride fumigation - requirements DOCX  8 377 KB

Further information:

  • Sulfuryl fluoride fumigation methodology
  • BMSB sulfuryl fluoride fumigation certificate – third party approved program – template  
  • BMSB sulfuryl fluoride fumigation certificate – template
  • How to complete a BMSB sulfuryl fluoride fumigation certificate
  • BMSB record of sulfuryl fluoride fumigation – imperial – template
  • BMSB record of sulfuryl fluoride fumigation – metric – template

12.3 – heat treatment

Approved arrangement that authorises the performance of heat treatment on goods subject to biosecurity control, under the direction of the department.

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AA for heat treatment - requirements PDF  8 526 KB
AA for heat treatment - requirements DOCX  8 377 KB

Further information:

  • Heat treatment methodology
  • BMSB Record of heat treatment – template

Class 13

13.1 – Second conveyances

AA for the management of the receipt of goods and persons onto second conveyances (installations and petroleum industry vessels).

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AA for second conveyances PDF  15 907 KB
AA for second conveyances DOCX  15 385 KB
Request to arrive and/or unload goods form  3 204 KB

Class 19

Arrangements that enable accredited persons to assess documents for clearance of non-commodity concerns for containerised sea freight and specified commodity groups.

A compliance guide is available to provide accredited persons and biosecurity industry participants with details of how to remain compliant with broker approved arrangements conditions.

19.1 – Non-commodity for containerised cargo clearance

Arrangement for performing and reporting on non-commodity statements and documentary assessments for FCL, FCX and LCL sea-freight consignments, unpack location postcode assessment of FCL and FCX sea-freight consignments and the direction of these consignments to sites operating under an approved arrangement.

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Requirements and conditions for approved arrangement class 19.1: non-commodity for containerised cargo clearance PDF  18 744 KB
Requirements and conditions for approved arrangement class 19.1: non-commodity for containerised cargo clearance DOCX  18 1.1 MB

19.2 – Automatic entry processing for commodities

The arrangement enables accredited persons to assess documentation for commodities in-scope of the arrangement.

The class 19.2 document has been updated to V9.0, an important change is the removal of the Appendix 2, which detailed the in-scope commodities and related information. This information is now published on the Approved commodities and related information for class 19.2 AEPCOMM approved arrangement webpage.

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Requirements and conditions for approved arrangement class 19.2: automatic entry processing for commodities PDF  14 560 KB
Requirements and conditions for approved arrangement class 19.2: automatic entry processing for commodities DOCX  14 808 KB

Class 43

43.1 – Disinsection treatments

Approved arrangement (AA) for the treatment of international aircraft by disinsection.

A contract of services must be provided to the department if the biosecurity industry participant (BIP) is intending to use a third party to perform their disinsection treatments on its behalf.

Where an applicant/BIP uses more than one third party to complete a disinsection treatment on its behalf, a contract of services must be completed with each treatment provider, and a completed copy must be emailed to both aa.canberra@awe.gov.au and arrivals@agriculture.gov.au for records.

Note:

  • The BIP is not relieved of any of the obligations under this AA because it has contracted a third party to perform their disinsection treatments. This means the BIP is responsible for ensuring compliance with these requirements by any third party, including the third party's employees, contractors, or personnel.
  • The BIP requires notifying both aa.canberra@awe.gov.au and arrivals@agriculture.gov.au where any changes are made to a contract of services, including adding or removing a third party treatment provider.
  • The AA declarant, manager or site contact must advise the department at least 15 business days prior to the proposed date of any changes to your AA.
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AA for disinsection treatments PDF  7 844 KB
AA for disinsection treatments DOCX  7 376 KB
Contract of services PDF  2 324 KB
Contract of services DOCX  2 28 KB

Further information

Please contact the department for more information on these classes and requirements.

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Last reviewed: 30 October 2020
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