Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) Accreditation - New South Wales


You can apply for this accreditation if you intend to import and / or introduce host fruit (for example, berries, melons, citrus fruits and plantation fruits) into NSW and require a Plant Health Assurance Certificate (PHAC). A PHAC is taken as evidence of compliance with quarantine requirements for interstate and intrastate trade.

A PHAC is a cost-effective and convenient alternative to the traditional Public Health Certificate (PHC) issued by a government inspector. The Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) scheme is a national scheme which enables your business to be accredited by a plant quarantine authority. The scheme allows accredited businesses to self-certify plants and plant products when they meet specific interstate quarantine restrictions. If the plants or products satisfy those requirements, a PHAC can be issued.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To apply for this accreditation you must be the legal entity (individual, partnership, incorporated company or a registered co-operative association) that owns and operates the business to be covered by the ICA.

You are required to submit a separate application for each ICA arrangement you require.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

Quarantine authorities will carry out audits on your business to ensure you continue to meet your obligations and maintain your accreditation.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $255.00 One year
Apply Application All $750.00 Five years
Comply Inspection All $150.00

Accreditation and compliance audit per hour charged in 15 minute increments

General Miscellaneous All $22.00

Plant Health Assurance Certificate (PHAC) book

Renew Renewal All $160.00 -

Act(s) name

Biosecurity Act 2015 New South Wales

Additional information

Your ICA arrangement will be audited by the department before you are approved as an accredited certifier. Audits systematically examine your business processes, staff, equipment and facilities to verify that it meets the requirements of the operational procedure covering the ICA arrangement.

If an ICA does not exist for your produce, you will need to check the entry condition for the state or territory where you would like to send your produce, and the regulators in the state or territory where the produce is grown, in order to get a PHAC.

Administering agency

Department of Regional NSW

NSW Department of Primary Industries

Biosecurity NSW

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

ICA Records Management and Plant Health Assurance Certificate

Biosecurity NSW

NSW Department of Primary Industries

Department of Regional NSW

New South Wales
Mailing address: PO BOX 232
Taree, New South Wales 2430
Phone: 02 6552 3000
Fax: 02 6552 7239
Website: Biosecurity NSW (Opens in new window)