Biosecurity protocol for projects

The Australian Antarctic Program (AAP) is committed to high level biosecurity practices, both in going to Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic and between ice-free areas or islands. All personnel associated with projects (including staff not travelling south but packing for a project) must adhere to the following guidelines.

Going to Antarctica or the sub-Antarctic

  • Ensure all clothing, footwear and personal effects are free of Biosecurity Risk Material (BRM).
  • Ensure all work equipment, including backpacks, tents and equipment bags are clean/sterilised and free of BRM, including new items in original packaging.
  • Once clean, items must be packed into clean, new cardboard boxes or clean/new plastic bins. These boxes or bins must have all openings sealed (e.g. all box or bin edges sealed with packing tape).
  • Polystyrene beads, chips or similar packaging are prohibited in Antarctica. Check all new items for these materials and remove excess packaging such as paper, plastic and cardboard where possible.

In Antarctica or the sub-Antarctic

  • Ensure clothing, personal effects, packs, tents and equipment bags are cleaned between major locations (e.g. different wildlife colonies or ice free areas).
  • Ensure terrestrial and freshwater scientific sampling field equipment (e.g. lake nets) are capable of and are sterilised between sampling locations, or use duplicate sets of equipment.
  • If you are unsure about when, where or how you should clean clothing and equipment, check with the Station Environmental Officer or email the Environmental Management helpdesk.

The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) provides cargo, logistics and biosecurity support for the AAP. For further information, please refer to the cargo (freight) section.