2019-20 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) Safeguarding Arrangements

As part of the 2019-20 BMSB seasonal measures, a Safeguarding Arrangements Scheme (the scheme) has been introduced. The scheme provides an alternate clearance pathway for goods during the BMSB risk season. It also provides recognition on the ability of approved participants to manage seasonal hitchhiker pest risk offshore, from the point of manufacture to the point of embarkation in line with eligibility criteria.

What is the eligibility criteria?

Safeguarding Arrangements will only be considered for:

  • Offshore supply chains and/or manufacturing/storage facilities.
  • Goods transported as break bulk including those shipped on flat rack and in open top containers.
  • Goods transported in full container loads (FCL) containers and full consolidated (FCX) containers.
  • Goods with a minimum import volume of 50 containers and/or 5000 vehicles/units during the BMSB season.

Safeguarding Arrangements will not be considered for:

  • Goods transported in less than container load (LCL) and freight of all kinds (FAK) containers.
  • Goods that have ‘many-to-many’ supply chains, such as those encompassing goods obtained from multiple suppliers to multiple importers.
  • Where arrangements are already in place to manage biosecurity risks including, but not limited to, Giant African Snail, Asian Gypsy Moth or Burnt Pine Longicorn.

Anticipated benefits

The Safeguarding Arrangements Scheme provides a shared approach between government and industry in the management of seasonal hitchhiker pest risk and offers many benefits including:

  • Opportunity for participants to implement systems to manage seasonal hitchhiker pest risk, including BMSB.
  • Reduction of biosecurity risks associated with seasonal hitchhiker pests and associated risk-management costs.
  • Recognition of offshore quality assurance procedures implemented by participants.
  • Potential to reduce clearance delays at the border with reduced intervention through recognition of approved offshore safeguarding systems.
  • Increased level of confidence by the department in the integrity of goods arriving at the border.

How to apply

On Monday 14 October 2019, the department began accepting applications for the Safeguarding Arrangements Scheme.

In order to apply for the scheme, please download the Safeguarding Arrangements Application Form available below. Applications and supporting documentation must be provided electronically via email to the Safeguarding Arrangements team.

To assist you in preparing your application, the department has prepared a range of documentation available in the table below. These include a biosecurity and seasonal hitchhiker pest contamination guide which provides guidance on risk mitigation measures to be considered in the development of a contingency plan, and risk mitigation plan. These are key requirements of a Safeguarding Arrangements application.


Document Pages File size
Safeguarding Arrangements Scheme Application Form DOCXWord Icon 7 484 KB
Safeguarding Arrangements Scheme Application Form PDFPDF Icon 7 89 KB
Biosecurity and Seasonal Hitchhiker Pest Contamination Guide PDFPDF Icon 9 1.5 MB
Biosecurity and Seasonal Hitchhiker Pest Contamination Guide DOCXWord Icon 9 1.7 MB
Biosecurity and Seasonal Hitchhiker Pest Risk Mitigation Plan Template DOCXWord Icon 3 53 KB
Biosecurity and Seasonal Hitchhiker Pest Contingency Plan Template DOCXWord Icon 2 52 KB

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When do safeguarding arrangements apply?

The Safeguarding Arrangements Scheme will be in effect during the 2019-20 BMSB risk season for goods considered target high risk and manufactured in, or shipped from target risk countries from 1 September 2019 and that arrive in Australian territory by 31 May 2020 (inclusive).

The Safeguarding Arrangement will only apply to approved entities for specified tariffs and supply chains that have been assessed and recognised as part of the application and approval process.

Fees and charges

Currently there are no application and ongoing fees associated with the Safeguarding Arrangements Scheme.

Approved participants may incur a charge in the instance the department is required to undertake an audit of offshore supply chains/facilities due to non-compliance with the scheme.

Safeguarding Arrangements Scheme – trial stage

In early 2019, the department worked closely with industry, including key industry bodies to develop the Safeguarding Arrangements Scheme. From this consultation, the department invited industry to apply to participate in a trial of the scheme for the 2019-20 BMSB risk season.

The trial was designed to provide an opportunity for review of the proposed eligibility criteria and application process as set out by the department under the scheme. Trial entities were selected from a variety of industry sectors with varying import volumes, goods, geographic spread and supply chain distribution.

Further information

For further information regarding the BMSB seasonal measures, visit the Seasonal Measures for BMSB webpage or for policy questions, email the Seasonal Pest Policy team: SPP@awe.gov.au

Last reviewed: 17 March 2020
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