Import Industry Advice RSS https://www.agriculture.gov.au/ en 49-2020 - Biosecurity officer redeployment https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2020/49-2020 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">49-2020 - Biosecurity officer redeployment</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/88" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rohan.langeveld</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 2020-04-01 14:22</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h2>Who does this notice affect?&nbsp;</h2> <p>Third parties where the department undertakes regulatory work on premise&nbsp;</p> <h2>What has changed?</h2> <p>The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment operates an integrated business model for its biosecurity operations. &nbsp;This means that our biosecurity officers are cross skilled to undertake traveller, mail and cargo clearances at most ports. &nbsp;Our biosecurity officers regularly move between ports, airports and third-party premises to conduct our regulatory work. &nbsp;This model allows us to be efficient and flexible in the deployment of our workforce and to meet the variability in industry demands.</p> <p>Given the drop off in the number of international traveller arrivals, the department will be moving more staff out of the airport environment into other parts of our biosecurity operations. &nbsp;This is not a new process, but some ports and third-party premises will see some new faces around as we manage volumes and work demands.&nbsp;</p> <p>The department has taken several measures to ensure the safety of our staff as well as external stakeholders. &nbsp;</p> <p>The Department of Health has advised the risk for staff working at airports remains low. &nbsp;A number of biosecurity officers have been tested for COVID-19 where they have either had flu like symptoms or have been in contact with a confirmed case. &nbsp;All biosecurity officers that are suspected of being infected are placed on paid leave whilst they await test results. &nbsp;To date, no biosecurity officers have tested positive for COVID-19.&nbsp;</p> <p>The department has conducted extensive training and briefings with operational staff to ensure that they are well equipped to do their job and minimise the risk of transmission. Staff are supplied with their own personal protective equipment if and when they are required to wear it.&nbsp;</p> <p>All biosecurity operations staff are in regular contact with their supervisors about their health and have been advised to not attend work if they are feeling unwell.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Further information</h2> <p>Importers are encouraged to check our <a href="/biosecurity/coronavirus">website</a> regularly or <a href="https://subscribe.agriculture.gov.au/subscribe">subscribe</a> to our mailing list for up to date information.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item">Wednesday,1 April 2020</div> Wed, 01 Apr 2020 03:22:03 +0000 Rohan.langeveld 8821 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au 48-2020 - COVID-19 – Import pathway - Arrangements and response https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2020/48-2020 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">48-2020 - COVID-19 – Import pathway - Arrangements and response</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/39" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Van.Dang</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 2020-03-27 16:34</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>27 March 2020</p> <h2>Who does this notice affect?</h2> <p>All industry stakeholders involved in imports.</p> <h2>What has changed?</h2> <p>The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment recognises the challenges facing importers, those involved in the import supply chain and industry operators reliant on goods and materials that are subject to biosecurity controls. The department remains committed to maintaining the integrity and operation of import supply chains and the management of associated biosecurity risks.</p> <p> The department is responding to rapidly changing circumstances while working to protect people and businesses and continuing to safeguard Australian agriculture and our environment from the threat of pests and other diseases.</p> <p> The department has received enquiries about how it is approaching its staffing, regulatory and operational obligations to respond to the COVID-19 situation. This document outlines the department&rsquo;s approach.</p> <h3>Biosecurity inspections and audits</h3> <p> The department&rsquo;s role in biosecurity is underpinned by inspections and audits. These are essential elements to manage biosecurity risks.</p> <p> While the department may implement alternative procedures for some activities - our on-site inspections and audits must largely continue. These activities conducted by our staff typically require access to premises where goods subject to biosecurity are dealt with.</p> <p> The department is considering alternative procedures for some activities on a case-by-case basis in response to public health measures and impacts. This applies, in particular, to those government and industry operators directly involved in the COVID-19 response.</p> <h3>Department staff accessing facilities</h3> <p> We require our departmental staff to be aware of, and comply with, work health and safety procedures, health and hygiene requirements, and protective equipment.</p> <p> Advice to departmental staff on the department&rsquo;s response to COVID-19 is regularly updated to respond to the changing circumstances. Staff are regularly updated by the department to ensure that they are following the latest departmental health and safety procedures. The department&rsquo;s current advice is that any staff member that is feeling unwell, or who has a communicable disease, must not present for work.</p> <p> The department also has its own work, health and safety responsibility to its employees. It is required that any change in the health status of your premises (i.e. a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 of someone that has been at your premises) is communicated to the department as soon as possible. The department also expects you to follow government guidelines for maintaining social distancing between your staff and departmental employees.</p> <h3>Impact of COVID-19 on the department&rsquo;s workforce</h3> <p> There has been minimal impact on the availability of the department&rsquo;s workforce at this point in time.</p> <p> The department has active business continuity and contingency plans in place and has activated these as circumstances require. These plans help to ensure that imported goods can continue to enter Australia with appropriate management of the biosecurity risks.</p> <h3>Approved Arrangements: Pre-approval audits</h3> <p> The department&rsquo;s biosecurity officers are required to enter third party premises (Approved Arrangements) in order to conduct pre-approval audits. Where a biosecurity officer is unable to enter a site to conduct a pre-approval audit, the department cannot issue an approval. Accordingly, operators who have submitted an approved arrangements application, but who do not permit the audit to proceed are encouraged to withdraw their application or it will be refused.</p> <h3>Approved Arrangements: Site inactivity</h3> <p> Many enterprises may experience a significant slowdown in activity. In some cases, this may include a temporary (or permanent) interruption of activities at their Approved Arrangement site. In these circumstances, the department will work with operators to consider temporary suspensions or variations of the arrangement or voluntary revocation.</p> <h3>Approved Arrangements: Medical-related</h3> <p> The department is committed to facilitating the work of frontline public health response operators. Accordingly, the department has implemented processes to ensure there is no impediment to this vital work.</p> <h3>Next steps</h3> <p> The department will continue to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 situation and will advise industry of any changes to audit and inspection processes.</p> <p> The department will continue to update this advice as needed.</p> <h2>Further information</h2> <p>Importers are encouraged to check our <a href="/biosecurity/coronavirus">website</a> regularly for up to date information.</p> </div> Fri, 27 Mar 2020 05:34:58 +0000 Van.Dang 8812 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au 47-2020 - COVID-19 impact on Biosecurity Operations https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2020/47-2020 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">47-2020 - COVID-19 impact on Biosecurity Operations</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/39" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Van.Dang</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 2020-03-26 14:38</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>26 March 2020</p> <h2>Who does this notice affect?</h2> <p>All industry stakeholders involved in imports.</p> <h2>What has changed?</h2> <p>Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the department has enacted Business Continuity Plans (BCP), which include all biosecurity operations. Incident Management Teams are now meeting daily to discuss and progress any issues.</p> <p> The delivery of Australian Government services has been classified as essential services. As such, all biosecurity operations will continue to be delivered. Where some operations are provided by third parties (e.g. treatments), they are by extension, considered essential services.</p> <p> The department is currently assessing the impact of COVID-19 and recent government decisions on our operations. Given we deliver a range of diverse regulatory operations each will be impacted differently and have their own BCP in place to manage such impacts. The department is working to minimise any impacts and is able to reallocate resources where volumes have increased or decreased due to COVID-19.</p> <p> The department has conducted extensive training, briefings and staff meetings with biosecurity officers to ensure that they are well equipped to do their job and minimise the risk of transmission. To date we have had zero biosecurity staff test positive to COVID-19.</p> <p> Staff have been trained and are supplied with their own Personal Protective Equipment if and when they are required to wear it. Biosecurity officers will comply with reasonable direction to comply with individual business work health and safety requirements when operating on third party premises. If officers are concerned that the requirement is not reasonable, they will consult with their supervisor to resolve the issue.</p> <h2>Further information</h2> <p>Importers are encouraged to check our <a href="/biosecurity/coronavirus">website</a> regularly or <a href="https://subscribe.agriculture.gov.au/subscribe" target="_blank">subscribe</a> to our mailing list for up to date information.</p> </div> Thu, 26 Mar 2020 03:38:59 +0000 Van.Dang 8804 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au 46-2020 - Changes to a Human Health Pre-Arrival Question in the Maritime Arrivals Reporting System (MARS) https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2020/46-2020 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">46-2020 - Changes to a Human Health Pre-Arrival Question in the Maritime Arrivals Reporting System (MARS)</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/39" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Van.Dang</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 2020-03-25 12:41</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>25 March 2020</p> <h2>Who does this notice affect?</h2> <p>This notice is of interest to all vessel masters and shipping agents who represent international commercial and non-commercial vessels for the purposes of Australian biosecurity clearance.</p> <h2>What has changed?</h2> <p>The department has updated MARS with a revised question in the Human Health section of the pre-arrival report (PAR) and also in the Human Health Update report.</p> <p>The question (2.1.7) of the human health section of the PAR was:</p> <ul> <li>Persistent coughing and difficulty breathing with no apparent cause and no history or similar symptoms (but not persistent coughing and difficulty breathing caused by asthma, heart disease, obesity, chronic bronchitis or emphysema).  Yes or No.</li> </ul> <p>Revised (2.1.7) question is now:</p> <ul> <li>New coughing illness which developed in the past two weeks (but not caused by an existing chronic disease e.g. asthma, heart disease, obesity, chronic bronchitis or emphysema).  Yes or No.</li> </ul> <p>The corresponding offline forms on the department’s website are also updated.</p> <h2>What do you need to do?</h2> <p>Complete your PAR in MARS as per usual. The revised question will appear in the Human Health section of the PAR in MARS.</p> <p>The corresponding MARS offline forms have been updated for use from <strong>Wednesday 25 March 2020. </strong>It is only when using any offline forms that you will need to download the latest versions available from the department’s website. Using the most current version of forms will minimise errors when a user is submitting information into MARS.</p> <h2>Where can you find the offline forms?</h2> <p>The updated offline forms are available on the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="021c8801-b012-44ce-b331-23676f09aa8e" href="/biosecurity/avm/vessels/mars/mars-offline-forms" title="MARS offline forms">department’s website</a>.</p> <h2>Further information</h2> <p>Contact the department’s Maritime National Coordination Centre (<a href="mailto:maritimencc@agriculture.gov.au">MNCC</a><u>) </u>by email or phone 1300 004 605 (in Australia) or +61 8 8201 6185 (outside Australia).</p> <p>Information and MARS supporting materials can be found on the department’s website under <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="ac883249-f0f8-4f59-8f5a-7573a6ecf95e" href="/biosecurity/avm/vessels" title="Vessels">Vessels</a>.</p> <h2>Vessel reporting requirements and the Biosecurity Act 2015</h2> <p>Vessel masters and shipping agents are reminded:</p> <ul> <li>To read and understand the BSD directions and conditions, and keep a copy of the current document on board the vessel for the duration of the voyage in Australia.</li> <li>Any changes in circumstances during the voyage in Australian waters, particularly changes to the human health of travellers, <strong>must </strong>be reported to the MNCC as soon as practicable.</li> <li>That a failure to report accurately or comply with a requirement under the Biosecurity Act may result in penalties, including infringement notices, civil penalties or criminal prosecutions.</li> </ul> </div> Wed, 25 Mar 2020 01:41:19 +0000 Van.Dang 8801 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au 45-2020 - COVID-19 impact on Cat and Dog imports to Australia https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2020/45-2020 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">45-2020 - COVID-19 impact on Cat and Dog imports to Australia</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/39" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Van.Dang</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 2020-03-25 11:52</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>25 March 2020</p> <h2>Who does this notice affect?</h2> <p>This notice is for all airlines, freight forwarders, pet transport companies and importers of cats and dogs to Australia.</p> <h2>What has changed?</h2> <h3>COVID-19 impact on Cat and Dog imports to Australia</h3> <p>The department is currently handling an unprecedented number of enquiries due to the impact of COVID-19. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we respond to these enquiries.</p> <p>The department is aware of the significant and world-wide disruption to air travel including flight cancellations and airline-imposed restrictions. This means pet importers and owners are experiencing difficulties organising the transport of their animals to Australia. In order to ensure animal welfare and manage the significant biosecurity risks posed by international transport of animals, all animals destined for the quarantine facility at Mickleham must arrive directly into Melbourne Airport. Animals cannot be transhipped to Melbourne on a domestic flight from another Australian port.</p> <p>The current COVID-19 pandemic does not change the existing risks posed by diseases of biosecurity concern to Australia or the need for cats and dogs to meet the import permit conditions in full. Pre-border waiting periods are crucial to effectively manage the biosecurity risks and cannot be reduced by spending more time in quarantine in Australia.</p> <p>Any cats or dogs that arrive into Australia during this time unannounced or without a valid import permit and veterinary health certification will be considered non-compliant and subject to immediate re-export from Australia. If the person in charge of the animal cannot arrange re-export, the department may have no other option but to euthanase the animal.</p> <h3>Cat and Dog Import Permits</h3> <p>The department is continuing to process import permit applications and there are no changes to import conditions for cats and dogs in relation to COVID-19 at this time.</p> <h3>Post Entry Quarantine facility - Mickleham</h3> <p>The post-entry quarantine (PEQ) facility remains operational at this time, however, is currently experiencing high demand in booking enquiries regarding changes to PEQ reservations. Pet importers and owners are advised to check availability of both the flight arrival date and PEQ capacity to receive their animal on that date. Please email <a href="mailto:PEQservices@awe.gov.au">PEQservices@awe.gov.au</a> if you wish to amend a PEQ reservation due to flight disruptions.</p> <p>The PEQ staff remain dedicated to providing the best care possible for all animals during their stay at the Mickleham facility. Pet importers and owners are responsible for arranging the collection of their animals from the PEQ on the release date to avoid any overstay as additional fees will be incurred.</p> <p>If you cannot attend the facility in person you can authorise a friend, a family member or pet transport company to collect your animal on your behalf to house or kennel your animal or transport them to you. Please check relevant state or territory government websites for interstate travel movement restrictions.  </p> <h2>Further information</h2> <p>Importers are encouraged to check our <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="3607cc51-f4d9-426d-9849-21aa4b06f641" href="/cats-dogs" title="Bringing cats and dogs to Australia">website</a> regularly or <a href="https://subscribe.agriculture.gov.au/subscribe">subscribe</a> to our mailing list for up to date information as import conditions can change without notice.</p> </div> Wed, 25 Mar 2020 00:52:19 +0000 Van.Dang 8800 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au 44-2020 - Service Disruption: From 16:00 to 23:59 Sunday 29 March 2020 (AEDT) - BICON https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2020/44-2020 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">44-2020 - Service Disruption: From 16:00 to 23:59 Sunday 29 March 2020 (AEDT) - BICON</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/39" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Van.Dang</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 2020-03-24 10:09</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>24 March 2020</p> <h2>Who does this notice affect?</h2> <p> All clients required to use the department&rsquo;s Biosecurity Import Conditions (BICON) system during this planned maintenance period.</p> <h2>Information</h2> <p> Due to scheduled infrastructure maintenance, BICON users may experience several intermittent outages from 16:00 to 23:59 on Sunday 29 March 2020 (AEDT).</p> <h2>Action</h2> <p> Users are advised to frequently save any in-progress permit applications during this maintenance period. </p> <h2>Further information  </h2> <p>If you have any concerns or questions please contact us at <a href="mailto:info@agriculture.gov.au">Information</a>.</p> </div> Mon, 23 Mar 2020 23:09:43 +0000 Van.Dang 8792 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au 43-2020 - Notification of the delay of overseas stock feed site audits and desk audits due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2020/43-2020 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">43-2020 - Notification of the delay of overseas stock feed site audits and desk audits due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/40" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Ryan.Genero</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 2020-03-23 11:25</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>23 March 2020</p> <h2>Who does this notice affect?</h2> <p>Importers and prospective importers of processed plant-based stock feed products including (but not limited to):</p> <ul> <li>Soybean meal</li> <li>Guar meal</li> <li>Wheat gluten meal</li> <li>Palm kernel expeller meal/cake</li> <li>Alfalfa meal</li> <li>Tapioca starch</li> <li>Copra meal</li> <li>Sugar beet pulp pellet</li> <li>Potato starch</li> <li>Sunflower meal</li> <li>Dried distiller grains</li> <li>Pea protein</li> <li>Canola meal</li> <li>Corn gluten meal</li> <li>Millrun</li> </ul> <h2>What has changed?</h2> <p>Due to the recent outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and current travel restrictions that have been implemented by the Australian Government, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment advises stakeholders to expect delays relating to import permit functions for processed plant-based stock feed.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The following impacts are to be expected:</p> <ul> <li>Where you hold an import permit or a recently expired permit (i.e. evidence of existing trade) and have a permit application in place then the Department will consider issuing a new permit provided no significant issues are found on the desk-audit. The length of the permit will depend on the risk profile of the commodity and the country of origin.</li> <li>Where you do not hold a permit (or a recently expired permit) and have a permit application in place then the desk audit and site audit will be delayed for up to 12 months. Please <a href="mailto:imports@agriculture.gov.au">contact</a> the department to discuss next steps. Alternatives to site audits may be considered by the department where it can be demonstrated that the alternative arrangement provides equivalent levels of biosecurity risk management to existing audit protocols.</li> <li>Where you do not hold a permit (or a recently expired permit) and do not have a permit application in place then we encourage you to delay applying for a permit, until otherwise notified.</li> </ul> <p>This remains a constantly evolving situation and we will continue to monitor and implement appropriate measures to safeguard the health of staff and the community.</p> <h2>Further information</h2> <p>Enquiries regarding stock feed can be directed by email to&nbsp;<a href="mailto:imports@agriculture.gov.au">the Department&nbsp;</a>or call 1800 900 090 (prompt 1, prompt 1).</p> </div> Mon, 23 Mar 2020 00:25:26 +0000 Ryan.Genero 8788 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au 42-2020 - COLS compatibility issues when using Google Chrome https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2020/42-2020 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">42-2020 - COLS compatibility issues when using Google Chrome</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/40" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Ryan.Genero</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 2020-03-20 15:32</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>20 March 2020</p> <h2>Who does this notice affect?</h2> <p>All importers and customs brokers who are required to lodge imported cargo documentation to the department for biosecurity assessment using recent versions of Google Chrome.</p> <h2>Information</h2> <p>A recent update to Google Chrome is preventing some Cargo Online Lodgement System (COLS) users from submitting lodgements using this browser.</p> <p>This is impacting users who are accessing COLS via up-to-date versions of Google Chrome. After making credit card payment, users are being directed to the ‘Sumit a New Lodgement’ homepage instead of receiving lodgement (LRN) confirmation.</p> <h2>Action</h2> <p>Clients who make credit card payments at the time of lodgement submission in COLS are advised to make lodgements using Microsoft Internet Explorer until this issue has been resolved.</p> <h2>Further information:</h2> <p>If you have any concerns or questions please contact us at <a href="mailto:info@agriculture.gov.au">Information</a>.</p> </div> Fri, 20 Mar 2020 04:32:01 +0000 Ryan.Genero 8787 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au 41-2020 - Maritime Arrivals Reporting System (MARS) Pre-Arrival Reporting Changes for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2020/41-2020 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">41-2020 - Maritime Arrivals Reporting System (MARS) Pre-Arrival Reporting Changes for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/40" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Ryan.Genero</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 2020-03-20 14:40</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>20 March 2020</p> <h2>Who does this notice affect?</h2> <p>This notice is of interest to all vessel masters and shipping agents who represent international commercial and non-commercial vessels for the purposes of Australian biosecurity clearance.</p> <h2>What has changed?</h2> <ol> <li>To assist the department in managing the Australian Government’s response to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Maritime Arrivals Reporting System’s (MARS) pre-arrival report (PAR) for commercial vessels has been revised. There are now three new mandatory COVID-19 questions: <ol type="a"> <li>Has the vessel left or transited through a port outside of Australia in the last 14 days?</li> <li>Has any person on the vessel been in a country other than Australia in the last 14 days?</li> <li>Has any person on the vessel been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.</li> </ol> </li> <li>New directions may appear on Biosecurity Status Documents (BSD’s) for crew and passengers in relation to personal protective equipment (PPE), self-isolation and disembarkations including cruise vessel day-tripping.</li> </ol> <h2>What do you need to do?</h2> <p>Complete your PAR in MARS as per usual. The three revised and mandatory COVID-19 questions appear in the Human Health section of the PAR in MARS.</p> <p>The corresponding MARS offline forms have been updated for use from <strong>Saturday 21 March 2020. </strong>It is only when using any offline forms that you will need to download the latest DAWE versions available from the department’s website. Using the most current version of forms will minimise errors when a user is submitting information into MARS.</p> <p>Vessel masters and shipping agents are reminded to read and understand the BSD directions and conditions, and keep a copy of the current document on board the vessel for the duration of the voyage in Australia.</p> <h2>Where can you find the forms?</h2> <p>The updated offline forms are available on the <a href="/biosecurity/avm/vessels/mars/mars-offline-forms">department’s website</a></p> <h2>Further information</h2> <p>Contact the department’s Maritime National Coordination Centre (<a href="mailto:maritimencc@agriculture.gov.au">MNCC</a>) by email or phone 1300 004 605 (in Australia) or +61 8 8201 6185 (outside Australia).</p> <p>Information and MARS supporting materials can be found on the department’s website under <a href="/biosecurity/avm/vessels">Vessels</a>.</p> <p>See the Department of Health website: <a href="http://www.health.gov.au" target="_blank">www.health.gov.au</a> for the latest key contact information, travel advice and the collection of factsheets for industry and the general public (<a href="https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-resources" target="_blank">Resources</a>) on COVID-19.</p> </div> Fri, 20 Mar 2020 03:40:52 +0000 Ryan.Genero 8786 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au 40-2020 - Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport determined as a biosecurity first point of entry https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2020/40-2020 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">40-2020 - Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport determined as a biosecurity first point of entry</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/40" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Ryan.Genero</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 2020-03-13 13:08</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>13 March 2020</p> <h2>Who does this notice affect?</h2> <p>Aircraft operators, airlines, importers and brokers.</p> <h2>What has changed?</h2> <p>Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport is now determined as a biosecurity first point of entry (FPOE) for:</p> <ul> <li>Freighter aircraft, and</li> <li>Goods carried on a freighter aircraft, except live horses.</li> </ul> <p>A non-first point of entry application is required for any other proposed arrivals.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2020L00170" target="_blank">Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport Determination</a> is registered on the Federal Register of Legislation.</p> <p>Lists of FPOE and links to determinations are available on the department’s website: <a href="/import/before/sending/airports/airport-locations">FPOE for aircraft and goods – table version</a>.</p> <h2>Further information</h2> <p>Please see the department’s website for further information about <a href="/import/before/sending/airports">FPOE and non-first points of entry for aircraft</a>.</p> <p>For additional information please contact <a href="mailto:biosecurityfirstpoints@agriculture.gov.au">biosecurityfirstpoints@agriculture.gov.au</a>.</p> </div> Fri, 13 Mar 2020 02:08:04 +0000 Ryan.Genero 8781 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au