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Australian Government Reminds Operators of ‘Disinsection’ Requirements

Nov. 14, 2013

The Australian Department of Agriculture has issued a reminder to international operators that all aircraft flying into Australia must undertake “disinsection,” meaning the removal of insects, in cabins and hold areas, prior to arrival in the country.

The department is responsible for managing Australia's biosecurity system and reducing the risk of pests and diseases arriving in the country. The reminder was issued following an uptick in non-compliance with pre-arrival procedures.

Australia's International Health Regulations (IHR) establish global benchmark standards to prevent, control and provide a public health response to the international spread of disease. The IHR said that the disinsection of aircraft is a necessary measure to help prevent the spread of vector-borne diseases.

The Australian Department of Agriculture provides detailed information for the disinsection treatment options, including guidelines for the amount of spray required to treat cabin and hold areas for various types of business aircraft.

Review the Australian Department of Agriculture website for more information about meeting aircraft pre-arrival requirements.