Policy for Antarctic Division expeditioners travelling to Macquarie Island on tourist vessels

The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) has progressively developed a world-class (ISO 14001) Environmental Management System for their operations in the Antarctic and the sub-Antarctic. AAD quarantine procedures under this system have been very effective at minimising the risk of alien species introductions to Macquarie Island in recent years.

Following the success of the Macquarie Island pest eradication program the AAD remains focused on preventing reintroduction of vertebrate pests and recognises the threat posed by other invasive plants and animals. There are a number of weed species on New Zealand subantarctic islands which are currently not known to occur on Macquarie Island.

To ensure AAD expeditioners travelling to Macquarie Island via New Zealand subantarctic islands represent the lowest possible risk of introducing non-native species from other subantarctic island the following procedure has been developed.

  • Expeditioners travelling to Macquarie Island will be issued with two sets of clothing one for exclusive use on Macquarie Island (includes red Survival Bag) and one for use only on New Zealand subantarctic islands. The second set will be referred to as the Tourist Clothing Template and will comprise: 1 x pair of socks; 1 x pair of gumboots; 1 x outer shell pants; 1 x outer shell jacket.
  • Only Tourist Clothing Template boots, socks, outer shell pants and outer shell jacket may be worn ashore on New Zealand subantarctic islands and this must be thoroughly cleaned (including gumboots) and checked for seeds, dirt or propagates on return to the vessel. Mid-layer clothing contained in the red survival bag may only be worn ashore on NZ islands when worn under the Tourist Clothing template clothing.
  • All clothing and equipment used on NZ subantarctic island will be inspected by the New Zealand Department of Conservation or Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Services representative on board the vessel and must be packed separately from all other clothing in the dedicated bag provided.
  • On arrival at Macquarie Island expeditioners are to wear their AAD issued Macquarie Island clothing ashore (Red AAD Survival Bag must be carried at all times).
  • On arrival at Macquarie Island, all expeditioners’ cabin baggage, including Red Survival Bag and Tourist Clothing Bag, are to be presented to the nominated Biosecurity Officer for inspection.
  • Tourist Clothing Template is not to be used on Macquarie Island and will be collected upon arrival at the Biosecurity checkpoint, and packed and stored for return to Australia on the following AAD voyage.
  • Expeditioners returning to Australia on tourist vessels may use Tourist Clothing Template for the return voyage. This will be returned/issued to the expeditioner on the day of departure from Macquarie Island.