Facilities receiving containers must have one or more trained, accredited person available to check containers. Accredited persons are responsible for inspecting containers, supervising their unpacking and containing any biosecurity risks. Find out how to get appointed as an accredited person.
Facility operators and accredited persons
Facilities receiving containers must have:
- an MPI-approved facility operator
- at least one trained, accredited person (AP).
The facility operator is the person who will have overall responsibility for the facility.
Facilities receiving containers (air freight and all sea containers) must also have enough accredited persons (APs) available to check containers and goods. Accredited persons are responsible for inspecting containers, supervising their unpacking and containing any biosecurity risks found.
Airports and accredited persons
Airports receiving air containers conveying international baggage must have trained accredited persons actively supervising the unloading of baggage from air containers.
The airport or airline service provider may choose to have an MPI -approved facility operator.
Become an accredited person
We've created a step-by-step process for getting appointed as an accredited person.
Follow the steps
Review the relevant standard
Accredited person responsibilities and requirements are outlined in the relevant container standard and the Biosecurity Act.
Download the container standard for sea containers [PDF, 506 KB]
Download the container standard for air containers [PDF, 3.1 MB]
Find out training requirements
To become an accredited person you must complete and pass an MPI-approved training course. This course outlines what to do when checking a container for biosecurity risks and the MPI reporting requirements.
Get advice from MPI
Find out about getting appointed as an accredited person or training requirements, by contacting the national facility approvals team.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also get advice from your local biosecurity inspector.
You must complete and pass an MPI-approved accredited person course.
For information on locations and dates of training courses contact one of the approved training providers.
After training, complete an Application for appointment as an accredited person.
- Application for appointment as an accredited person [DOCX, 212 KB]
Include in your application for appointment a:
- copy of your certificate of training
- coloured copy of your photo identification (such as a current driver's licence or passport).
Email your completed documentation to email@example.com
What happens next?
Only completed applications can be processed. The approval can take up to 10 working days to process.
If you don't provide everything we need, we'll decline your application and tell you why. You'll need to re-submit the entire application.
Who to contact
If you have questions about accredited persons, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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