This notice affects importers, import industry participants, the airline and shipping industries and other people bringing goods into Australia. Goods include cargo (commercial and non-commercial), mail and personal effects (i.e moveable property).
These review arrangements will be applied to Import permits, declarations and container clearances.
A copy of the review can be viewed on the Dept. of Agriculture Website.
The largest increases are for import permit applications, small increases apply to hourly rates, and declaration fees of a few dollars per clearance.
What has changed?
As the Biosecurity Act has now been in operation for 3 years, the department is adopting a less tolerant attitude towards non-compliance. Industry participants should now understand their legal obligations under the Biosecurity Act and have processes and systems in place to ensure compliance. The department will issue infringement notices and take other enforcement action in appropriate circumstances.
Before issuing an infringement notice, for either a civil penalty or strict liability provision, the department will satisfy itself that all the elements of the provision have been met. Infringement notices that are issued outside of the airport are not issued unless an investigation has been conducted by enforcement officers.
If an infringement notice is issued and the amount specified in the notice is paid on time, any liability regarding the alleged contravention is discharged, however the department will retain a non-compliance history for the person or entity that has been issued with an infringement notice. If the amount specified in the notice is not paid, then prosecution for an offence or proceedings for a civil penalty order may be commenced. The court may then impose the maximum penalty for the contravention.
For further information please see the full notice at: