Complying with biosecurity facility requirements
How to operate an approved biosecurity containment facility
An Approved Arrangement Site (formerly QAP) is a containment facility approved by the Department of Agriculture (the Department; DAg) for the purpose of receiving, storing and securely dealing with materials that are under biosecurity control. Not all imported goods require biosecurity containment. Your Import Permit conditions will state whether the goods must be held in an AA Site, as well as the level of containment required. It is important to check and understand these post-entry conditions.
If an AA Site is required, please refer to the 'Getting biosecurity facility (AA Site) approval' page to determine the requirements that must be met.
Once your facility has been approved. The Department's Approved Arrangements General Policies publication should be referred to for details on how the Department will monitor AA compliance. Additional information is provided below to assist AA Operators comply with the biosecurity regulatory scheme. If there is a need to suspend or surrender the AA please refer to the Department's guidance on their website found here.
Fit and Proper Person (FPP) Status
AA Managers must ensure secure records are kept of any FPP checking that is undertaken. Department inspectors may request to see this information during compliance audits of the AA Site. Further information on how to conduct FPP checking and the related reporting requirements are described here.
Any person who handles materials subject to quarantine within an approved facility, or who supervises other people handling quarantine material, must be an AA Accredited Person. This includes the transport of quarantine material and disposal of waste.
Premises that do not employ or contract an AA Accredited Person are not permitted to deal with items subject to quarantine. For more information about AA Accreditation and in-house Training, see the training page.
Your Import Permit may allow movement of quarantine material between certain nominated AA sites, as stated in the permit conditions. A Standard Operating Procedure must be in place prior to the transfer and records of all movements must be maintained. If your import permit does not allow transfer of material between AA sites, you will need to submit an Application for Transfer of Quarantine Material to the Department of Agriculture's Biologicals Imports Program.
Additionally, the transport of biological material by post, road, rail or air is regulated. In particular, you are not permitted to pack or send dangerous goods (such as infectious substances and genetically modified organisms) by air unless you have completed a Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approved training course. For more information about CASA training, see the Biosafety training page.
Only disinfectants that have been assessed and approved by the Department are used in particular classes of AA. Alternatives will be considered by the Department, if they are shown to be effective and address the quarantine risk. More information about this is available here.
Everyone working with quarantine material is responsible for maintaining records of all imported risk goods to illustrate traceability. These records must be made available to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Officers for inspection, if requested. Advice about record keeping can by sought from OREI.