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 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 undertake stakeholder engagement, liaising 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). Legislative Reform and Assessment Policy has a strong focus on stakeholder engagement to achieve outcomes that promote compliance and regulatory efficiency. The Legislation team are delivering the review of imported food regulatory approaches, as well as other key legislative initiatives for the wider division to promote compliant behaviours. The Legislation team undertake legislative amendments to the Imported Food Control Act 1992 and its delegated subordinate legislation. The eCert and Broker Administration team are leading innovative solutions for certification of imports, as well as administering particular classes of approved arrangements under the Biosecurity Act 2015. The Automated Entry Process team is responsible for the expansion and ongoing maintenance of the AEPCOMM program, including educating approved persons to undertake their obligations. The Assessment Policy team are responsible for import document assessment policy, giving instruction and providing subject matter expertise on the policy. The team lead governance and assurance initiatives for import document assessment, as well as assessing and approving the landing of vessels at non-first points of entry. 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 facilitates business continuity activities and contributes to divisional business planning, the Annual Report and Estimates Hearings. The section also manages import industry advice notices on behalf of the Department, and identification card applications (Biosecurity Officer, Enforcement and Imported Food Officers), and industry information sessions. Compliance Strategy and Policy Lead the establishment of a department-wide Regulatory Practice Framework which provides greater guidance and improves effectiveness and consistency on regulatory decision-making and management of risks across the department and undertake support activities including communications, stakeholder engagement, and evaluation.

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    GPO Box 858 Canberra ACT 2601

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