National Node of the BCH
Capacity Building Activities, Projects and Opportunities
Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2004-11-15 20:22 UTC (dubravka.stepic@biodiv.org)
Date of last update
2010-01-25 11:07 UTC (intern.ross.carroll@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2010-01-25 11:07 UTC (intern.ross.carroll@cbd.int)

General information
Title of the initiative
Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) Head Office In-House Training
Contact person
Ms. Caroly Irving
Environment Australia
Environment Strategies SectionDepartment of Foreign Affairs and TradeRG Casey Building, John McEwen CrescentCanberra ACT 2600, Australia
Beneficiary country(ies)
  • Australia
  • CBD Regional Groups - Asia and the Pacific
Type of initiative
Main target group(s) / beneficiaries
  • Target group: Developing countries
Start Date
Ending date
Donor(s) information
Government(s) sponsoring the initiative
  • No country specified
Agency(ies) or Organization(s) implementing or sponsoring the initiative (Additional Information)
  • Organization: AQIS (Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service)
  • Type of Organization: Bilateral Donor Agency
Availability of funds for participants
Activity details
Description of the initiative
AQIS is responsive to requests for training programs to help developing countries comply with international standards. It also hosts short-term visits from counterpart agencies that wish to familiarise themselves, for example, with Australian quarantine, standards or export certification agreements, or quality management systems. In 1997 two Chinese animal and plant quarantine officials undertook training with AQIS on quarantine decision making and import risk analysis. In 1997/98 two Korean plant quarantine officials undertook training in areas including pest and disease identification and disinfestation treatments for fresh fruit and vegetables and grains. Other general assistance included:a training program for the Chief of the Samoan quarantine service and two Korean weed officers; and risk assessment training to officers from Fiji, Samoa, Myanmar and Malaysia. In May 1999, AQIS participated in providing training to a 16 member delegation from China as part of a APEC training program. In August AQIS provided two weeks training for four SAIQ officials from China.

National level activities
Human-resources development
Risk assessment
Risk management
Objective and main expected outcomes or lesson learned
To help developing countries to comply with international standards

It is Australian policy to assist developing countries where possible to develop: 1) effective quarantine policy and infrastructure and 2) the ability to manage sanitary and phytosanitary issues in general.
General thematic area(s)
  • Institutional capacity
  • Human resources capacity development and training
  • Risk assessment and other scientific and technical expertise
  • Scientific, technical and institutional collaboration at subregional, regional and international levels
  • Information exchange and data management including participation in the Biosafety Clearing-House
Additional Information
Additional Information
Other collaborating organizations
Australia has contributed to regional and sub-regional initiatives to build capacity in risk analysis with financial support from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry-Australia, including the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS)
the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) through its APEC Support Fund and other bilateral programs. Officials from countries participated in the Head Office In-House training are coming from China, Korea, Samoa, Myanmar, Malaysia.
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