We have measures in place for the reporting of biosecurity incidents and management plans for each of our ports of Hay Point, Mackay, Abbott Point and Weipa.

Reporting biosecurity incidents

Our field-based operational staff (including lines handling crews and stevedoring crews) can view potential biosecurity threats quickly and report anything suspicious to our Port Operations and Environmental Team.

We will then notify the lead agency Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) - Biosecurity Queensland at the State level and the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) at the Federal level.

Our reporting measures ensure any biosecurity risk associated with any incident can be managed to reduce any associated risks with any pest or disease.

Port Biosecurity Management Plans

We have Biosecurity Management Plans (BMPs) for our ports at Hay Point, Mackay, Abbot Point and Weipa.

These plans address all activities NQBP has direct control or influence over, including Strategic Port Land (SPL). BMPs do not include activities which we have no operational control. This includes lessee or third-party activities or areas.

Lessees or third parties (such as the terminal operators) may have their own BMPs. For further information on third-party BMPs contact the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

Read about our biosecurity measures and monitoring at our ports.

First point of entry

Under the Biosecurity Act 2015, all international vessels and goods are subject to biosecurity controls upon entering Australia. These vessels are required by law to always first enter Australian ports determined as First Point of Entry (FPOE) unless an exception has been made by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

Our Ports at Hay Point, Mackay, Abbot Point and Weipa have all been determined as FPOE for certain cargo and vessels.

We are responsible for environmental management of these ports, including following the department's biosecurity standard for those areas within our operational control. Terminal operators may have separate arrangements with the department.