Notice to industry 11: Courier driver responsibilities – transport of samples from horses subject to biosecurity control


The purpose of this document is to inform courier drivers involved with the transport of samples from horses subject to biosecurity control of their responsibilities.

In accordance with the Biosecurity Act 2015, horses at an Australian Government approved quarantine isolation facility are goods subject to biosecurity control, as are samples taken from the horses. As such, samples from horses in a quarantine isolation facility must be handled in an appropriate way that manages biosecurity risk.

Biosecurity requirements

Samples from horses subject to biosecurity control must be taken directly from the quarantine isolation facility to the laboratory identified on the consignment note.

This document should accompany all samples removed from a quarantine isolation facility. If there is any reason the samples cannot be delivered directly to the laboratory, or if there is a delay in delivery, the courier driver must notify the quarantine isolation facility immediately.

The appropriate contact phone number must be provided below by staff from the quarantine isolation facility:

Phone number in case of accident or delay: ___________________________________________

If you fail to comply with these requirements you:

  • may be prosecuted for a serious offence
  • may be liable to pay a civil penalty
  • may be excluded from these premises immediately
  • may be excluded from these premises in future

Document information

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Instructional material owner:

Director, Horse, Livestock and Bird Imports Program

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Review date:

November 2019

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To ensure that courier drivers transporting samples from horses subject to biosecurity control are aware of their responsibilities and contact people in case of emergencies

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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