Planting, cultivating and moving banana plants, parts of plants, soil, appliances & other things - Queensland

Service summary

You are required to obtain this approval if you intend to:

  • introduce a banana plant into Queensland from another State or Territory. 
  • to move a banana plant, or any part of a banana plant (other than fruit) (eg leaf, bell or specimens), or
  • to move any soil or appliance that has been in contact with a banana plant, into, out of or within a banana pest quarantine area
  • to plant or cultivate a banana plant in a pest banana quarantine area
  • to plant or cultivate a pest banana plant in a pest banana quarantine area including in a residential plantation (see Schedule 4, Parts 1 and 2 in the Plant Protection Regulation which lists the cultivars that may be planted and cultivated in each banana pest quarantine area).
  • plant or cultivate a pest banana plant in a pest banana quarantine area for research or educational purposes.

Persons who introduce, move or plant a banana plant, or who introduce or move any part of a banana plant (other than fruit), or move soil or an appliance without or contrary to the conditions of an Inspectors Approval may be prosecuted for an offence against S 11 (10) of the Act for which a maximum penalty of 1,000 penalty units may be applied. In addition the banana plants may be treated or destroyed.

The full provisions are contained in the Plant Protection Act 1989 and the Plant Protection Regulation 2002.

A person must comply with obligations to treat or destroy banana plants infected with notifiable pests or diseases unless exempted from compliance by an inspectors approval.

Further information can be obtained from Biosecurity Queensland at the address given in the Contact list at the end of this Summary Sheet.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Definition of terms

Assurance certificate

a certificate issued by and accredited business under Part 4 of the Plant Protection Act, or a certificate issued by an accredited business under corresponding law.

Banana plant

generally means a plant of the genera Musa or Ensete in terms of quarantine arrangements, the definition does not include fruit of the plants.

Inspectors certificate

a certificate issued by an inspector under section 19A of the Plant Protection Act

Pest banana plant

a plant of the genera Musa or Ensete other than a plant that produces edible fruit and an indigenous plant that is not a volunteer plant.

Pest quarantine area

an area proclaimed under the authority of s11 of the Act to be a quarantine area. Six pest quarantine areas are declared as described in s18 and Schedule 3 of the Regulation. Schedule 4, Parts 1 and 2 of the Regulation contains the banana cultivars that are approved for planting and cultivating in a residential plantation in each pest quarantine area.

Residential plantation

a group of no more than 10 banana plants or 30 pseudostems that are not cultivated for sale.

Eligibility requirements


What are the prerequisites to obtaining this authority?

Inspectors may only issue an Inspectors Approval if satisfied that the introduction, movement, planting or cultivation of the banana plant will not pose any significant risk of introducing or spreading a banana pest in Queensland. Inspectors may refuse to issue and Inspectors Approval.

You should consult Biosecurity Queensland at the address given in the Contact list at the end of this Summary Sheet for further information.

Transferability

Inspectors Approvals are issued to a legal entity. That is to a person, a corporation or a partnership. An Inspectors Approval is generally not transferable; however, an Inspectors Approval for renewal of pest banana cultivation may be issued to another person of the scientific or educational facility.

Duration

The inspectors approval remains in effect for the period stated in the approval, or until the approval is revoked or amended. An Inspectors Approval is required on each and every occasion that a banana plant or a part of a banana plant (other than fruit)is introduced into Queensland from another State or Territory or moved, planted or cultivated in a Pest Quarantine Area of Queensland. An Inspectors Approval is also required on each occasion where soil that has been in contact with a banana plant, or an appliance or other matter or thing that has been in contact with a banana plant or soil on which a banana plant has been grown is moved into, within or out of a Pest Quarantine Area of Queensland. An Inspectors Approval to cultivate a pest banana plant requires a renewal every 12 months of the approval to continue cultivation in accordance with the conditions of the Inspectors Approval.

Fees

No fees are payable for this approval.

Application

You can obtain this permit by submitting the appropriate application for an inspector's approval:

  • Form 1A: Application for an inspector's approval to move and plant a banana plant
  • Form 1B: Inspector's approval for movement and planting of banana plants
  • Form 2A: Application for an inspectors approval for movement of a banana plant, soil, an appliance or thing
  • Form 2B: Inspector's approval for movement of a banana plant or part of a banana plant
  • Form 2C: Inspector's approval for movement of an appliance that has been in contact with a banana plant.

Submit applications for either Form 3A: Application for an inspector's approval to move a pest banana plant or Form 3B: Inspector's approval to plant and plant a pest banana plant to the following areas:

For movement into and planting within the area of the state south of Yeppoon

Biosecurity Inspector Maroochy Horticultural Research Station
PO Box 5083 SCMC
Nambour Qld 4560
Ph: (07) 5453 5800
Fax: (07) 5453 5901

For movement into and planting within the area of the state north of Yeppoon

Biosecurity Inspector Centre for Wet Tropics Agriculture
PO Box 20
South Johnstone Qld 4859
Ph: (07) 4064 1130
Fax: (07) 4064 2249


Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Biosecurity Queensland
Strategy and Legislation

Act(s) name

Plant Protection Act 1989 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Plant Protection Regulation 2002 (Queensland)

Contact details

Manager (Strategy and Legislation)
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Biosecurity Queensland
Strategy and Legislation

Operating address:
Biosecurity Queensland 80 Ann Street
Brisbane
Queensland 4000
Mailing address:
GPO Box 46
Brisbane
Queensland 4001

Phone:

13 25 23

Phone:

07 3235 4301

Fax:

07 3239 3510

Website:

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