These pages provide information on the DAFF Biosecurity requirements for the management of biosecurity waste (quarantine waste).
Biosecurity waste poses a significant risk to Australia’s biodiversity. Current biosecurity practices see the risk managed through strict control measures imposed on the collection, storage, transportation, and treatment of biosecurity waste.
Biosecurity waste is managed under two types of industry arrangements.
- Quarantine Approved Premises (QAP) section 46A of the Quarantine Act 1908 and
- Compliance Agreements (CA) section 66B of the Quarantine Act 1908.
QAPs for the management of biosecurity waste include:
- Class 8.1 high temperature incineration
- Class 8.2 deep burial
- Class 8.3 autoclave
- Class 8.4 other treatments
CAs for the management of biosecurity waste include:
- High temperature incineration
- Deep burial
Biosecurity Waste Management Business Policy
The purpose of the Biosecurity Waste Management Business Policy is to consolidate and standardise the Department’s biosecurity waste management principles in a single document. These waste management principles are to be applied to all activities involving biosecurity risk material that are deemed as being biosecurity waste (including items that have been in contact with biosecurity waste).
Class 8 Quarantine Approved Premises Criteria
Class 8 Premises utilised for the treatment/disposal of biosecurity waste. Premises within this class include autoclave, deep burial, incineration and all other disposal treatments.
Compliance Agreements Managed by DAFF Biosecurity
Biosecurity Waste Schemes include autoclave, deep burial, collection, incineration, storage and transport.
For a list of DAFF Biosecurity approved waste treatment/ disposal facilities see
Industry Arrangements Reform Program are currently reviewing the framework for the above mentioned industry arrangements to ensure the Biosecurity waste management business policy and industry arrangements align. For further information regarding the review contact the Industry Arrangements Reform Program.
For all other enquires related to industry arrangements contact Imports.
02 Mar 2012