Import Requirement 39 - (Agricultural Equipment, Machinery and Vehicles (New and Used))

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.

39     Agricultural Equipment, Machinery and Vehicles (New and Used)

A person must not import, or cause to be imported, any agricultural equipment1 or machinery2 , or vehicle3 except in accordance with the following:


(a)     The agricultural equipment, machinery or vehicle must be thoroughly cleaned prior to arrival to ensure it is free of any prescribed matter4, including soil, plants, seeds or other plant material, debris or any other thing that may harbour a pest or disease agent; and

(b)     The agricultural equipment, machinery or vehicle must meet all other relevant Import Requirements in this Manual and may be accompanied by either a certificate or other declaration detailing pre-shipment procedures such as cleaning, (or other treatment as considered necessary)5.


          Any agricultural equipment or machinery entering Tasmania that does not comply with Clause I(a) and I(b):

(i)       will be directed for cleaning, (or other treatment as considered necessary), at a place and in a manner approved by Biosecurity Tasmania; (a substantial amount of dismantling may be required to prove no pockets of prescribed matter, soil, etc, remain hidden); or

(ii)     if satisfactory treatment is not possible, the contaminated agricultural equipment or machinery will be re-exported.

          All costs associated with cleaning or re-export will be the responsibility of the importer.

          A Cleaning Checklist is provided to serve as a guide to assist in the cleaning of a grain harvester. The numbered sections listed in the Cleaning Checklist correspond to the numbers in the diagrams of a Rotary Harvester and a Conventional Harvester. These represent contamination “hot spots”, which must be found to be clean of all prescribed matter on inspection.

1 Agricultural equipment means any equipment or vehicle used for the culture, harvesting, packing or processing of any plant or plant product.

2 Machinery means any type of machinery or equipment, agricultural or non-agricultural, which may be contaminated with prescribed matter of any form.

3 Vehicle means any form of transport equipment, whether it be private or commercial vehicle, dirt bikes, motorcycle, truck, towable trailer including horse floats, off-road 4-wheel drive vehicles, etc.

4 Prescribed matter means: any plant; any plant product; any new or used package; a vehicle; any new or used agricultural equipment; any soil; and any disease agent.

5 Grain harvester means (in addition to the meaning of ‘agricultural equipment’ and ‘machinery’), any type of header (‘combine harvester’), both self-propelled and towed, including parts thereof, which pick up, thresh and clean grain, and cutter rowers that cut and windrow the crop prior to harvest.

Area to Clean

All Harvesters

Area Cleaned


Checked by Biosecurity Tasmania



Area under the skid plate




Header knives and fingers




Horizontal auger




All areas behind covers




Areas inside belts (draper fronts)




Feeder house




Driver’s cab




Fan, fan housing and shields




Chassis, including axles, chassis rails and undercarriage areas




Tailing auger




Sieves and grain pan




Grain bin and auger(s)




Engine compartment, radiator core and covers




Grain elevator, including cups and rubber flights




Straw spreaders or choppers




Tyres and rims




Conventional Harvester


Threshing or separating area, including the drum, concaves concave wiring, and stone trap




Beater drum, including the area between the drum and walkers




Straw walkers, including the beater and chaff pan, underneath the straw walkers, and any concealed area under air flaps




Rotary Harvester


External top and sides of the conical section of the rotor cage, and stone trap




Areas inside the top of the conical section




Threshing or separating area, including along the rotor cage




Bins and Augers


All bins and augers must be empty and clean




Wiring Looms




Conduit need not be removed, but must be cleaned



After cleaning, machines should be left dismantled to facilitate biosecurity inspection.


(Images courtesy of Department of Agriculture and Food, WA)

For more information, please contact

Plant Biosecurity
Phone: 1300 368 550

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