The Compliance Controls branch is accountable for determining, developing and enabling the strategies, regulatory frameworks, tactics and interventions that manage biosecurity and other risk within the transport and trade pathways into Australia. What we do Cargo and Mail set operational policy for the biosecurity clearance of air and sea cargo, the containers they arrive in and international mail. The section is also responsible for import policy relating to bulk commodities, machinery, vehicles, tyres and other goods that are not plant or animal origin. This work is supported by collaborative arrangements with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the Department of Defence and Australia Post. The section also works with shipping lines, importers, manufacturers to keep risk offshore and reduce intervention onshore through the assessment of supply chain quality assurance and port hygiene measures. It also liaises with the Australian military on operational deployments and operations with foreign military forces. Pathway Capability is responsible for improving the effectiveness of the Compliance Division by providing training, detection, property, system, legislative and policy capability. The section provides centralised expertise, coordination, management and resource capability through a range of services for consistent use across the division. This section is responsible for divisional training and education, external territory and waste operational policies, external agreements (MOUs), detector dog operations, X-ray capability, ICT and import systems. Conveyances and Ports is responsible for establishing the policy, administrative rules and legislative framework surrounding aircraft, ships, yachts, airport and seaport facilities. The section is also responsible for first point of entry determinations, airport and seaport infrastructure negotiations and ‚Äč‚Äčadministering human health controls relevant to ships and aircraft. ‚ÄčTravellers manage policy and regulatory settings in collaboration with internal clients and affected industry stakeholders to facilitate improved biosecurity compliance by regulated entities. This includes coordinating health matters and outbreak prevention measures with the Department of Health, and aligning border measures with programs designed to modernise incoming traveller processes, such as paperless entry, in partnership with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The section contributes to a whole of Government future traveller initiatives, profile automation and the Mail and Passenger System (MAPS). Pathway Surveillance and Operational Science (PSOS) support the management of pathway associated biosecurity risks through the development of policies and procedures for undertaking surveillance, responding to biosecurity detections and supporting biosecurity officers with specific scientific training. This section conducts analysis of biosecurity risk interceptions and works closely with Science Service Group (SSG) scientists to provide feedback to relevant policy owners across the department.

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    GPO Box 858 Canberra ACT 2601

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