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Some imported biological materials, plants or animals must be handled or kept in a Quarantine Approved Premises (QAP).
A QAP is a containment facility that has been approved by the Department of Agriculture (DA) to hold biological materials that are a concern to the Australian environment. DA determines the level of quarantine containment required (QC1 - QC4, low to high risk) and this is stated on the Import Permit.
The requirements for a QAP are similar to, but not the same as, the requirements for a Physical Containment facility under AS/NZS 2243.3 and/or the requirements for an OGTR-certified Physical Containment facility.
There are several different classes of QAP and each type and level of QAP has criteria for its operation. These types of premises include microbiological, animal and plant facilities. There are four different sets of criteria (5.1 - 5.4) for corresponding quarantine containment levels (QC1 - QC4). Deakin University currently has Class 5 QC2 QAPs.
DA audits QAPs according to pre-set audit rates, which depend on the Class of QAP and Review Level. This is currently every 6 or 12 months at Deakin.