Import Requirement 30 - (Grain and Grain Products Intended for Animal Feed - Import Conditions)

Prior to import, a “Notice of Intention to Import Plants or Plant Products into Tasmania” must be submitted to the relevant Biosecurity Tasmania Operations Centre. Importation must occur in compliance with general Conditions and Restrictions for Prescribed Matter in Part 2 of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania.


30       Grain and Grain Products Intended for Animal Feed - Import Conditions


NOTE: THIS IMPORT REQUIREMENT IS ONE OF SEVERAL THAT MUST BE SATISFIED WHEN IMPORTING GRAIN OR SEED INTO TASMANIA FOR USE AS ANIMAL FEED[1]. IMPORTERS SHOULD ALSO REFER TO RELEVANT PARTS OF IMPORT REQUIREMENTS 12, 22 AND 27. certification must be presented 24 hours prior to consignments arriving, otherwise the consignment will not be processed within 24 hours of certification receival.


Entry to Tasmania of grain or grain products including or derived from cereals, oilseeds and other seeds and, intended for use as livestock, bird, pet or other animal feed is regulated under this Import Requirement.

Tasmania’s system for managing weed, pest and disease risks in grain imported for use as animal feed is based upon matching the risk status of that grain with the ability of Tasmanian premises to manage it. Imported grain is graded by Biosecurity Tasmania inspectors, prior to or on its arrival in Tasmania. The grain grade reflects the level of weed, pest and disease risk, as indicated by relevant documents provided by the supplier prior to import or, validation testing that may be conducted by the DPIPWE. Tasmanian feed grain grades are at ANNEX 1. Biosecurity Tasmania inspectors will only release imported grain to receiving premises in Tasmania that are approved to receive that particular grade of grain. Approved premise classifications and requirements are at ANNEX 2.


Imported feed grain suppliers and users should read ANNEX 1 and ANNEX 2 to determine how the import requirements listed below apply.


I.         Certification
The following documents must be provided to Biosecurity Tasmania prior to import and are required for each lot of grain in a consignment. A lot is a quantity of a single type of grain, identifiable by reference to a line of bags, sacks, storage bins, or silo, container or hold number.

(a)      Tasmanian Feed Grain Grade 1 (TF1) destined for Level 1 Premises:

(i)       A Notice of Intention to Import Grain/Seed (see forms online at: forms ); and

(ii)      A declaration or certificate stating the lot of grain to which it applies was:

·                packed in new, clean, empty bags; or

·                loaded into containers that were inspected and found to be clean and free of soil, contaminants and residues of previous cargo; or

·                loaded into ships’ holds that were inspected and found to be clean and free of soil, other contaminants and residues of previous cargo; and

(iii)     Documents relevant to sampling and testing2:

·              a Seed Analysis Certificate or a Seed Analysis Statement issued by a laboratory that has International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) or National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accreditation, for each lot of grain in the consignment; and

·              If multiple consignments of seed belonging to a lot that has been certified free of Declared weed seeds are proposed for import, copies of the Statement of Seed Analysis may be submitted for up to 24 months from the date of issue.

·              a Statutory Declaration completed by the supplier that adequately identifies the lot to which the Seed Analysis Certificate or Statement relates and, states that the sample submitted for analysis was drawn only from that lot; or

·              a Plant Health Certificate or Plant Health Assurance Certificate issued by an appropriate authority which states the lot or lots of grain that form the consignment have been sampled and tested as per this Import Requirement and packed into clean bags, containers or ships’ holds, will be accepted in place of Clause I (a)(ii) and, a Seed Analysis Certificate or Statement and, associated Statutory Declaration. Clause I (a)(i) must still be met; or

·              certificates issued by an appropriate authority or other documents showing the grain has been treated or processed such that all declared weeds, pests and diseases are rendered non-viable will be considered by the DPIPWE in place of other documents listed in Clause I (a)(iii). Clauses I (a)(i) and I (a)(ii) must still be met. Except in the case of documents indicating the lot has been treated according to Clause III of this Import Requirement, DPIPWE cannot guarantee documents relating to treatment or processing will be considered in time to facilitate a particular import if the supplier does not provide them well ahead of the import.

(b)      Tasmanian Feed Grain Grade 2 (TF2) destined for Level 2 Premises:

(i)       As for Clauses I (a)(i) and I (a)(ii); and

(ii)      As for Clause I(a)(iii) except that the Seed Analysis Certificate or Statement or Plant Health Certificate or Plant Health Assurance certificate need not cover declared weed seeds but must cover other relevant declared pests and diseases.

(c)       Tasmanian Feed Grain Grade 3 (TF3) destined for Level 3 Premises:

(i)       As for Clause I (a)(i);

(d)      Tasmanian Feed Grain Grade 4 (TF4) destined for Level 1, 2 or 3 Premises:

(i)       As for Clauses I (a)(i) and I (a)(ii);

II.       Sampling and Testing

TF3 or TF4 grain is not required to be sampled and tested for declared weeds, pests and diseases prior to entry to Tasmania. However, TF1 and TF2 grain destined for Level 1 or Level 2 premises respectively must be sampled and tested, as appropriate.

A representative sample of each lot of TF1 or TF2 grain must be obtained according to:

(a)      Primary samples from bulk grain:

Primary samples from bulk grain transported in shipping containers or ships’ hold must be taken at a minimum rate of 2.25L per 33.3 tonnes in one of the following ways:

(i)       By manually drawing grain from the conveyer belt at loading into containers or ships’ holds, as close to the valve of the cell as practicable using, at random intervals, a 0.25L dipper until the whole lot has been sampled; or

(ii)      Using an approved in-line automatic sampler to sample the whole lot at loading into containers or ships’ holds; or

(iii)     Using a DPIPWE-approved sampler to draw samples from holding bins or silos immediately prior to loading for transport to Tasmania; or

(iv)     By any other DPIPWE-approved sampling method.

(b)      Primary samples from bagged grain:
Primary samples from bagged grain must be drawn using a suitable trier and ensuring samples are taken from the top, middle and lower parts of each sampled bag. The sampling rate for bagged grain is:

(i)       1 primary sample from each bag for lots of 1 to 5 bags

(ii)      1 primary sample from at least every third bag and not less than 5 bags for lots of 6 to 30 bags

(iii)     1 primary sample from at least every fifth bag and not less than 10 bags for lots of 31 bags or mor

(c)       Composite samples:
Primary samples obtained according to Clauses II (a) or II (b) must be transferred to clean containers and thoroughly mixed to ensure the resulting composite sample is homogenous.

(d)      Submitted samples:
The composite sample for a lot of grain must be sub-sampled to obtain a sample for testing. The sample submitted for testing must:

(i)       weigh at least 2 kg for lots up to 100 tonnes; or

(ii)      weigh at least 5 kg for lots greater than 100 tonnes; or

(iii)     be of another weight approved by the DPIPWE.

(e)      Testing Specifications:
The submitted sample must be searched according to ISTA rules for the following and, depending on whether the grain is destined for Level 1 or Level 2 premises:

(i)       seeds of weeds declared under the Plant Quarantine Act 1997–- applies to TF1 only; and

(ii)      seeds of lupin (Lupinus spp.), chickpea (Cicer spp.), pea (Pisum spp.), maize (Zea mays) – applies to TF1 and TF2; and

(iii)     seeds of ryegrass (Lolium spp.), which must be inspected for ryegrass nematode (Anguina spp) galls –applies to TF1 and TF2.

(iv)     The Seed Analysis Certificate or statement issued by the laboratory is to adequately describe the sample and must state, as appropriate:

·                the presence or absence of all declared weed seeds

·                the presence or absence of lupin, chickpea, and pea seeds

·                the presence or absence of ryegrass nematode galls

(f)       Validation Sampling and Testing:
Biosecurity Tasmania inspectors or approved persons under biosecurity authorisation undertake random sampling of imported TF1 and TF2 grain consignments. Samples are analysed at the DPIPWE Seed Laboratory and if there are discrepancies between results obtained by that laboratory and test certificates provided by the supplier, the grain will be classified according to the findings of the DPIPWE laboratory. Charges will be raised for this validation sampling, testing and, any other subsequent actions deemed necessary by Biosecurity Tasmania including increased targeted intervention of subsequent imports. TF3 or TF4 is not subject to validation sampling and testing but is subject to verification inspection at the discretion of Biosecurity Tasmania inspectors. Suppliers seeking further detail about these procedures should contact Biosecurity Tasmania.

III.    Treatment

(a)      Suppliers of grain lots which have been gamma irradiated to 25 k Gray or treated by any other method of treatment approved by DPIPWE (this relates to treatments that do not change the form of raw product) need not comply with Clause I (a)(iii) or Clause II. This grain will be graded as TF1 once a copy of a treatment certificate is presented to Biosecurity Tasmania (as detailed in Clause I (a)(iii) point 4).


(b)      Ethylene oxide fumigation is an approved method of treatment for bird seed under an initial minimum vacuum of 50 kilopascals at:

(i)       1500g/m3 for 4 hours at 50°C; or

(ii)      1500g/m3 for 24 hours at 21°C.


(c)       The ‘Inert Matter’ section of the Statement of Seed Analysis must indicate soil content is not more than 0.1% by weight of the sample submitted for testing.

IV.      Transport to Tasmania

Bulk TF1 or TF2 grain that is not covered by a Plant Health Certificate or Plant Health Assurance Certificate must be transported to Tasmania in ships’ holds or containers with top-hatch access to facilitate validation sampling on arrival by Biosecurity Tasmania, as required. Bulk TF3 or TF4 grain is not required to be transported in containers with top-hatch access.

V.        Transport within Tasmania

All imported grain must be transported from the place of landing in Tasmania in a manner that provides load security and prevents spillage in transit to the receiving premises, all containers, bags or units of import and transport must be cleaned at the intended discharge point or at an approved location prior to leaving the site or being re-used. Any vehicles, trailers or augers must be cleaned prior to and after each use at intended discharge point or approved premise and all spillages must be reported as soon as reasonably possible and cleaned up straight away.

ANNEX 1 Feed Grain Classifications

Tasmanian Feed Grain Grade 1 (TF1)

TF1 is grain that is free of soil, has been sampled and tested and found free of all declared weeds, pests and diseases. This grain may be stored and used at any premises including private households (eg. for “backyard” laying hens).

Tasmanian Feed Grain Grade 2 (TF2)

TF2 is grain that is free of soil and contains declared weeds but no restricted seeds (ie peas, chickpeas, lupins, maize, rye grass) or if containing restricted seeds has certification that these seeds are free of declared pests or diseases, as applicable. The grain must be milled or processed in such a way that risks posed by any of these contaminants are reduced to levels equivalent to TF1 feed grain. This grain may only be stored and used at Level 2 and 3 premises.

Tasmanian Feed Grain Grade 3 (TF3)

TF3 is grain that contains or may contain declared weed seeds, soil and/or rye grass nematode and/or pea weevil and/or uncertified maize and/or uncertified lupins and/or uncertified chickpeas. This grain must be consigned to an approved premise that has been approved to receive this category of product. The grain must be processed such that risks posed by any of these contaminants are reduced to levels equivalent to TF1 before it is released to end-users. This grain may only be stored and used at Level 3 premises prior to processing. After processing it can be used at any premises including private households (e.g. for “backyard” laying hens).


Tasmanian Feed Grain Grade 4 (TF4)

TF4 is grain containing or that may contain declared weeds, soil, rye grass nematode, pea weevil, uncertified maize, uncertified lupins or uncertified chickpeas that has been processed in a manner that renders the risk of viable declared weed seeds negligible and pea weevil, rye grass nematode, lupin anthracnose, and chickpea blight negligible. This grade of grain must have been processed at a facility applying a treatment approved by DPIPWE as having the procedures and processes in place to produce TF4-grade grain but excludes devitalisation treatments such as gamma irradiation or other treatments that do not change raw product form (TF3 standard or better performed offshore of Tasmania). This grain may be stored and used at any premises including private households (eg. for “backyard” laying hens).

ANNEX 2 (IR30)        Imported Feed Grain – Code of Practice – Approved Premises Classifications



Grain Type

Management Requirements *






Grain Transport, Handling and Storage

Level 1

Farm users

Including commercial, hobby and part-time)




Monitoring of feed usage areas

Controlling of weeds and treatment recorded

Reporting of Declared Weed seed presence and/or establishment


Recording of grain receival and usage for 5 years

Level 2


Intensive Feeding Systems, Feedlots and or Housed

Eg dairy, piggery, poultry

TF1, TF2


Feeding systems (including troughs in parlours or sheds) in situations where feed may enter the effluent system, to be designed and maintained to minimise feed spillage

Monitoring of feed usage areas

Controlling of weeds established and treatment recorded

Reporting of declared weed seed presence and/or establishment

Solid manures to be composted to required standard before spreading or sale

Monitoring of effluent disposal areas, feeding areas, laneways and shed surrounds

Grain receival and usage records to be maintained and retained for 5 years

Loads to be secured to prevent spillage

Hard stand under loading/unloading facilities

Concrete or asphalt under processing equipment. Surrounds tidy and free of grain and mixed feed

Well maintained augers with minimum leakage or dispersal

Wind sheltered unloading/handling facilities eg auguring into silo

Segregation of TF1 and TF4 from TF2 must occur at all times

Silos and other storage facilities to be well maintained, including thorough cleaning between storage of TF1and/or TF4 and storage of TF2

If mixing of feed grades occurs, management as for TF2

Any spilled or surplus grain to be collected and re-entered to system or disposed of in such a way that weed seeds are destroyed

Processing equipment such as mills to be maintained to required standards

Any milling waste to be disposed of in an approved manner  to ensure risks are mitigated

Level 3

Commercial millers and processors

TF1, TF2, TF3 , TF4

Not applicable

Not Applicable

As for Level 2plus all TF3 grain including the offal must enter the process to minimise the possibility of any declared pest or disease escaping into the environment.

Where any grade of grain has had contact or may have had contact with TF3 grade or any residues of TF3 grade the whole lot of grain must be treated as TF3 grade.

* Management Requirements

·         The management requirements (and grain grade allocations) form the basis of a system designed to improve post entry weed risk management of imported feed grain.  The system also has a premise approval procedure that is linked to the Plant Quarantine Act 1997.

·         Level 2 and Level 3 premises will be approved and audited by Biosecurity Tasmania, or its approved representative. The management requirements outlined above will form the basis of conditions of accreditation for Level 2 and Level 3 premises.  Biosecurity Tasmania may also authorise or require practices and procedures in addition to those listed, as appropriate. Surveillance checks on these premises may occur at any time.

·         Level 1 premises are not required to be approved or audited for their capacity to manage weed risk.  Adherence to the listed management requirements for Level 1 is the responsibility of the premise owner and will not be monitored by any external party.  Level 1 premises found to have received unprocessed TF2 or TF3 will be in breach of the Act.



1. Grain Types:     TF1, TF2, TF3 + TF4.

See Import Requirement 30 “Declared Weeds, Pests and Diseases in Feed Grain”, Annex 2 for a description of these classifications.

2. Premises:          Level 1 Premises: Any premise, large or small, that uses or handles imported feed grain in an open environment (paddocks, yards etc). These will typically be farms (including commercial, hobby and part-time).

                                 Level 2 Intensive feeding systems, Feedlots and or Housed facilities: Premises in which animals are fed in and restricted to a confined and designated area (e.g. permanent feedlot, pig and poultry sheds), but excludes pre-live shipment feeding facilities.

                                 Level 3: Premises concerned with the milling or processing of imported feed grain and that can meet the conditions for approval to handle and process TF3 grade imported grain.

3. Transport:         Refers to all forms of transport (road, rail, sea and air) and includes onto and within premises/properties


DISCLAIMER: Through the application of Import Requirement 30, DPIPWE - does not intend nor claim to certify the quality for animal feeding purposes of any consignment or lot of feed grain imported into Tasmania. Ensuring that any consignment or lot of feed grain is of the necessary quality for their animals is the responsibility of the grower/owner or their agents.

Consignments must be accompanied by a Plant Health Certificate and / or approved certification demonstrating compliance with entry conditions.

1 The current list of declared weeds, pests and diseases is in Appendix 1 of this Plant Boisecurity Manual.


For more information, please contact

Plant Biosecurity
Phone: 1300 368 550

Boil Smut (BS)
Declared Weeds (DW)
Lupin Anthracnose (LA)
Pea Weevil (PW)
Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN)
Ryegrass Nematode (RN)

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