221-2019 - Changes to AIMS directions issued under the Compliance-Based Intervention Scheme

18 December 2019

Who does this notice affect?

Importers and customs brokers who import goods eligible for the Compliance-Based Intervention Scheme (CBIS), and Biosecurity Officers who process AIMS entries that contain one or more lines of goods eligible for the CBIS. See here for a full list of goods eligible for the CBIS.

What has changed?

The department is streamlining the terminology used in biosecurity directions generated by AIMS and issued under the Compliance-Based Intervention Scheme (CBIS). This will enable AIMS directions issued under the CBIS to be clearly distinguished from those issued under other import systems or processes. The changes will assist importers and customs brokers to identify AIMS entries processed by the CBIS; and support Biosecurity Officers who process AIMS entries eligible for the CBIS.

As a result, during December 2019, importers and custom brokers will see changes to the names of AIMS directions issued for AIMS entries that contain lines of goods eligible for the CBIS, as outlined below.

Note: These changes apply to the name of the AIMS direction, and will not affect associated Approved Arrangement sites or how it is issued to AIMS entries under the CBIS. Fees and charges apply to documentation assessment and inspection conducted under the CBIS as per the department’s Charging Guidelines.

Documentation assessment for lines of goods under the CBIS:

AIMS direction category Current AIMS direction issued New AIMS direction to be issued
Documentation Present all documentation CBIS - documentation

Eligible lines within an AIMS entry may be selected for documentation assessment under the CBIS when the importer has qualified for risk-based inspection rates. If documentation is assessed as compliant and no further biosecurity risks are identified, the line will be released without further intervention.

Important: Where documentation is assessed as non-compliant or a Biosecurity Officer deems further action is required to manage biosecurity risk, eligible lines within an AIMS entry selected for documentation assessment under the CBIS may be issued with additional AIMS directions to direct the entry for further intervention.

Note: The AIMS direction, Present all documentation, will continue to be used to direct AIMS entries that are not processed under the CBIS for documentation assessment.

Inspection for lines of goods under the CBIS:

AIMS direction category Current AIMS direction issued New AIMS direction to be issued
Inspection Plant Product Pathway Compliance Based Intervention

Eligible lines within an AIMS entry will be selected for inspection under the CBIS when an importer has not qualified for risk-based inspection rates, or when an importer has qualified for risk-based inspection rates and the line has been selected for a random verification inspection (as per the risk-based inspection rates).

Important: Eligible lines within an AIMS entry selected for inspection under the CBIS will also be issued a Present all documentation AIMS direction to direct it for documentation assessment, in addition to the Compliance Based Intervention AIMS direction.

Note: The Plant Product Pathway AIMS direction will no longer be issued to any AIMS entries once replaced by Compliance Based Intervention.

Entries not processed under the CBIS:

AIMS entries that contain lines of goods that are ineligible for the CBIS will not be issued with the AIMS directions CBIS – documentation or Compliance Based Intervention.

Further information

The new AIMS directions are currently being updated in relevant BICON cases.

If you have any further questions, please email PIO Data or phone 1800 900 090.  Further information regarding the Compliance-Based Intervention Scheme can be found on the department web page.

Last reviewed: 18 December 2019
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