Located 1,360 kilometres north of Brisbane, The Port of Townsville is a world-class gateway for trade and investment.
Ports have the potential to act as a stepping stone or be the initial area for a new invasive or pest species to enter Australia and are a critical line of defence. Introduced species arriving on international vessels carry the potential for introduction of pests and diseases. This has the potential to harm Australia’s natural environment; impact our health and wellbeing; impact a broad range of industries and/or our infrastructure on a range of scales.
Protection of Australia’s biosecurity is a responsibility shared by Government (Federal and State), Industry and the Community. A range of activities are undertaken at the Port including:
Under the Biosecurity Act 2015 all international vessels and goods that enter Australian territory are subject to biosecurity control and generally must enter ports determined as First Point of Entry. The Port of Townsville has been determined as a First Point of Entry.
All Port operators have a responsibility to ensure their compliance with legislation, and Operators need to have appropriate processes, measures and plans to manage the biosecurity risk of their operations and guarantee compliance with the First Point of Entry provisions, this includes:
For further information regarding first point of Entry obligations please refer to DAWR at DAWRbiosecurityfirstpoints@agriculture.gov.au .
Some examples of hitchhiker pests