Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) Accreditation - Northern Territory


You will require this accreditation to operate a business that can issue Plant Health Assurance Certificates (PHAC). A PHAC is taken as evidence of compliance with quarantine requirements for interstate or intrastate trade. You can apply for this accreditation if you frequently move fruit or vegetables interstate or between quarantine zones and require a PHAC.

The Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) scheme is a nationally recognised plant health certification system. An ICA will allow you to export produce knowing it has met strict quarantine guidelines before arriving interstate as well as enabling your business to be accredited by a plant quarantine authority to issue plant health assurance certificates for your produce.

ICA is based on operational procedures developed with industry and interstate quarantine authorities. It allows you to move produce interstate without the need for quarantine checks.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, your business must be assessed by a quarantine inspector, and satisfy:

  • the scope of the procedure
  • all quarantine requirements have been met
  • the responsibilities of staff involved in managing the ICA system
  • design features including your business's standards for inspection and treatment
  • what process controls must be put in place
  • your record keeping.

You must be the legal entity (individual, partnership, company, cooperative or 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.


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Fees Details for this service in table format.

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Please check with the agency for information on fees to be submitted.

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 conditions 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 Industry, Tourism and Trade

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:

Plant Security Branch

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Mailing address: GPO BOX 3000
Darwin, Northern Territory 0801
Phone: 08 8999 2118
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