Infographic - importing processed plant-based animal feed

Government and industry share responsibility for managing the biosecurity risk associated with importing processed plant-based animal feed into Australia.

Find out how:

  • to apply for a permit
  • we assess the risks before issuing a permit
  • we manage the biosecurity risks of your goods upon arrival in Australia.

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Step 1: Apply for a permit

You must apply for a permit to import processed plant-based animal feed into Australia.

To apply, you need to:

Step 2: Assessing the application

When we receive your application, we will:

  • assess whether the proposed manufacturing, storage and transportation processes minimise the associated biosecurity risks to provide the appropriate level of protection for Australia. We may ask you to provide further information for the assessment
  • decide if we will need to undertake a desk audit or on-site verification audit or both. We will ask you for approval first. Find out when we audit.

Step 3: Desk audit

You will need to ask the manufacturer (and any other applicable facility that stores, containerises or handles the product) to complete our plant-based animal feed audit forms.

We will then assess the information provided in these forms to ensure that biosecurity risks are mitigated at every step along the import pathway.

We will then either:

  • finalise and make a decision about the application (go to step 5) or,
  • undertake a site audit.

Step 4: Site audit

We will confirm the findings of the desk audit and verify that the biosecurity risks are mitigated at every step along import pathway. We will inspect, as required the farm production, manufacturing, storage, transport and export certification.

Step 5: Application decision

If our assessments find that the biosecurity risks cannot be reduced to provide the appropriate level of protection for Australia, we will not issue a permit.

We may also refuse to grant a permit if we have insufficient information for our biosecurity risk assessment.
The goods cannot be imported.

Application fees are non-refundable.

If we find that the risks can be managed to provide the appropriate level of protection for Australia, we will approve the import.

Step 6: Arrival of the goods in Australia

Upon arrival of the goods in Australia, we will:

  1. check your import permit and consignment documentation. Where valid documentation is not supplied we will hold the consignment until the correct paperwork can be provided
  2. inspect the goods for live insects, diseases and other biosecurity risk material. Where biosecurity risk material is found we will send it for assessment. We may also collect samples for testing.
  3. depending on what we find at inspection, the goods are either released to the importer, or they are treated, exported or destroyed.

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Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, March 2020

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Last reviewed: 31 March 2020
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