Australia’s post entry quarantine
Biosecurity is about keeping Australia safe from harmful pests and diseases. A secure and efficient quarantine system discourages smuggling and reduces the biosecurity risk associated with the import of new genetic material, which is necessary to maintain competitiveness and productivity of Australian agribusiness. Pre-import requirements, at-border management, and post entry quarantine (PEQ) are all part of the biosecurity continuum that safeguards Australia’s highly favourable animal and plant health status. Key high-risk imported animals and plants must undergo quarantine on arrival in Australia. During the quarantine period, the Department of Agriculture monitors the imports and ensures any disease concerns are eliminated.
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Government-operated post entry quarantine
The Department of Agriculture has operated five PEQ facilities - Byford in Western Australia, Spotswood and Knoxfield in Victoria, Eastern Creek in New South Wales, and Torrens Island in South Australia. All facilities have been leased from private property owners or other levels of government. The leases have already, or will expire between by the end of 2018 with no option for extension. The department has taken this opportunity to plan for Australia’s future long-term post entry quarantine needs and build a single, new PEQ facility. The new PEQ facility is being built on a Commonwealth owned site in Mickleham, Victoria and will consolidate all post entry quarantine operations currently spread across Australia into one site. Read more about the new post entry quarantine facility at Mickleham.
Other post entry quarantine facilities
In addition to the government run PEQ facilities, there are quarantine facilities not operated by the government, including quarantine approved premises and facilities that operate under existing compliance agreements. These will not be affected by the establishment of the new post entry quarantine facility.