25 June 2020
Who does this notice affect?
Stakeholders in the import and shipping industries—including vessel masters, freight forwarders, treatment providers, Biosecurity Industry Participants, importers, customs brokers, principle agents and master consolidators—associated with importing goods that require increased intervention during the 2020-21 BMSB Risk Season.
What has changed?
The Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and The Environment and the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries have made minor amendments to the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme (the scheme). The scheme sets out the minimum registration and compliance requirements for treatment providers conducting BMSB treatments offshore.
Applications to join the scheme are now open for new and renewing treatment providers.
- All BMSB treatment providers in target risk countries must be approved under the scheme to conduct BMSB treatments on goods bound for Australia and/or New Zealand.
- Treatment providers that were registered under the scheme during the 2019-20 BMSB risk season must complete an application form for the 2020-21 BMSB Risk Season. A pre-populated application form will be emailed to all treatment providers registered in the 2019-20 BMSB Risk Season.
An updated list of approved offshore BMSB treatment providers will be established for the 2020-21 BMSB season and will be available on the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme webpage.
The department encourages stakeholders in the import and shipping industries to make prospective offshore BMSB treatment providers aware of the requirement to register for the 2020-21 BMSB risk season.