The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has responsibility for managing Australia’s biosecurity system.
Their aim is to keep Australia free from many of the pests and diseases present in other parts of the world. If you’re moving to Australia, it’s important to understand the restrictions on what you can bring into the country to ensure the Australian environment is kept safe.
From the start of July this year, the department has bought into effect changes to the existing regulatory charging to align fees and charges with the cost to deliver biosecurity and imported food activities.
Since their last review in 2015, the department have named several factors as the key drivers in the increase in the cost of delivering biosecurity and imported food regulatory activities, these have included: the increasing and changing patterns of global trade, travel and land use as well as the increasing volume and complexity of imports requiring assessment. Furthermore, climate events have encouraged pests, weeds and diseases to establish and there has been a global emergence of novel pest and disease threats as well as a changing distribution of pest diseases in nearby countries. Equally, factors such as inflation on wages, suppliers, systems, property and utility costs have contributed to the cost of delivering biosecurity and imported food regulatory activities. Further information can be found on the Australian Government website.
If you are planning a move to Australia, it’s important to appoint an experienced international removals company to co-ordinate the movement of your household effects and/ or vehicles. For example, Australian Quarantine will inspect every shipment and they may order fumigation, steam cleaning and other specialised treatments on items and additional charges will apply. An experienced international removals company will be able to advise you on the processes and regulations that need to be adhered to ensure a smooth and stress-free move to Australia.