Updated Quarantine Regulations in Western Australia
Quarantine measures of the Western Australian Government are designed for two purposes:
- To prevent new pests and diseases from entering Western Australia from Overseas and from Interstate; and
- To stop the spread of pests and diseases already present.
Quarantine regulations are important in helping protect Australia. As Australia is a highly motorised country, there is often the danger that travellers and those moving house will probably unwittingly, spread plant pests and diseases. Plant material and animal products brought in from overseas or even another state, including common souvenirs could introduce some serious pests and diseases into Australia; devastating our valuable agriculture, tourism industries and unique environment.
It is important to note that as of 1st May 2013, quarantine Acts Plant Diseases Act 1914 and the Plant Diseases Regulation 1989 will be replaced by the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM) and its associated regulations.
The new Act places a legal obligation on transporters, like Wridgways, to provide a notice of the intent to import declared pests, potential carriers and prohibited organisms, as well as anything that could potentially carry them into the State. All personal belongings entering WA must have the owner of the goods complete and submit documentation to AQIS to enable the consignment to enter WA. Wridgways professional moving consultants will provide you with all of the needed documentation. Risk items require a quarantine inspection before the goods can be released to the consignee.
The new BAM act defines a potential carrier as:
- new or used machinery or equipment, or a part of machinery or equipment, used or intended to be used –
(i) in association with an agricultural activity or an agricultural product; or
(ii) in association with animals, plant material or soil; or
(iii) in earthmoving or mining;
- an animal or animal product;
- animal feed of plant origin, but not including processed animal feed or manufactured animal feed for dogs, cats or fish;
- a plant, other than a canned or cooked plant;
- canned seed;
- absorbent pet litter derived from plant material;
- plant growing goods and landscaping material, e.g. woodchips, potting mix, mulch;
- a cargo container;
- a container of any kind used for or in connection with agricultural products;
- a container used to transport animals (other than dogs or cats);
- a container of, and any contents included in a container of, live fish;
- non-potable water;
- a vessel; and
- a vehicle.
If you require further information or clarification please contact the Quarantine WA Rail and Sea Freight office on (08) 9334 1800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org