The ​Compliance Policy branch is responsible for managing the framework that sets out how the department uses arrangements with other trade and commerce participants across its portfolio legislation. The branch also develop and implement approved arrangements domestically and internationally under the Biosecurity Act 2015 and administers the Imported Food Control Act 1992 through provision of policy, risk management, technical support and stakeholder engagement.​ What we do Approved Arrangements manage onshore biosecurity regulatory arrangements with industry. These arrangements permit biosecurity industry participants to perform biosecurity activities on the department’s behalf, activities such as document assessment, handling of goods pending inspection, treatment and destruction. The section develops and maintains the requirements to which these arrangements are subject and defines the compliance monitoring policies. This section monitors compliance with the requirements of arrangements by audit and also responds to requests for new and alternative types of arrangements. ​Imported Food administer the Imported Food Control Act 1992 through provision of policy, risk management, technical support and stakeholder engagement. This section provides technical and administrative support to around 150 regional staff responsible for assessing documents, processing electronic entries and conducting inspections of food imported to Australia as part of the Imported Food Inspection Scheme (IFIS). The team liaises with food importers, peak industry groups, Food Standards Australia New Zealand, state/territory food regulators, analytical laboratories and accreditation bodies. The section provide the secretariat for the department’s Imported Food Consultative Committee (IFCC). Imported Food Reform contribute to the operation of the Imported Food program by considering, developing and implementing reforms to improve the management of imported food safety risks to better protect the health of consumers. The team undertakes the policy development, design and implementation of the reforms through working closely with internal and external stakeholders, including with industry and relevant Government agencies. ​Compliance Partnerships has a strong focus on developing and maintaining domestic and international networks. The section strives to build capacity of international biosecurity agencies to improve and manage biosecurity treatment systems. The section manages the Australian Fumigation Accreditation Scheme and is the secretariat for the International Cargo Cooperative Biosecurity Arrangement (ICCBA). ICCBA aims to promote the harmonisation of cargo treatment processes and administration to enable assurance that treatments are effective. The Arrangements Framework and Arrangements Reform initiatives driven by the section seek to ensure arrangements are developed and managed consistently and innovative ways of managing biosecurity risk are progressed. Engagement, Assurance and Governance provides management services in the areas of stakeholder engagement, governance and coordination, which enable the delivery of divisional and departmental strategic objectives. The section coordinates the divisional budget, provides FTE and monthly expenditure reports and advises on study bank applications. The team manages the compliance projects and key initiative dashboard, facilitates business continuity activities and contributes to divisional business planning, the Annual Report and Estimates Hearings. The section also manages import industry advice notices and the divisional monthly newsletter. This section is the key divisional contact for coordination requests, identification card applications (Biosecurity Officer, Enforcement and Imported Food Officers) and industry information sessions. Key projects of this section include the Australian Biosecurity Awards (ABA) and divisional legislation coordination.

Further information

  • Postal Address

    GPO Box 858 Canberra ACT 2601

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