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Before you can be granted a user account in BICON you must agree to the following conditions of use. After accepting the conditions of use, you will be taken to the next step in the user registration process.

BICON Conditions of Use

The BICON web site

The BICON web site (the Site) is operated by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (the Department), an Australian Government Department.


Content means information, images or data that are available on or through the Site.

You or User means any person who:
  • Accesses the Site; or
  • Uses Content that is available on, downloaded from or otherwise obtained from the Site; or
  • Produces or generates documents, material or guidelines or any other form of information (in any form of media or form) for any purpose from the Content; or
  • Creates a link to the Site or any Content.

Scope of these Conditions of Use

Your use of the Site and the Content is governed by these Conditions of Use as amended from time to time.

In consideration for the Department allowing you to access the Site and use the Content, you agree to comply with these Conditions of Use.

The Department may change these Conditions of Use and the Privacy Policy at any time without prior notice to You, so please check the Conditions of Use and the Privacy Policy before you access the Site or use the Content.


You acknowledge that:

  • The Site and the Content may not reflect the latest import requirements;
  • Commonwealth legislative requirements may be varied, amended or updated from time to time;
  • You must comply with biosecurity conditions and satisfy biosecurity concerns that are applicable at the time of entry;
  • This Site is only intended to provide information on biosecurity requirements. You are responsible for making Your own enquiries for the purposes of ensuring that the requirements of any other regulatory and advisory bodies are complied with;
  • While the Department will use reasonable efforts to rectify any issues with the Site and Content it is aware of, the Site and the Content are being made available "as is" and free of charge;
  • You must exercise Your own skill, judgement and care with respect to Your use or reliance on the Site and the Content; and
  • The Department may suspend or terminate access to the Site for some or all Users at any time.

Links to External Sites

The Site provides links to a range of external websites. The Department does not have control over the content of the linked sites nor the changes that may occur to content on those sites.

It is Your responsibility to make Your own decisions about the accuracy, completeness, currency, relevance or suitability for any particular purpose of the content on external sites.

The Department is not responsible for, and does not endorse, the content on any external sites.


Unless otherwise noted, all material on the Site except

  • The Department logo;
  • The Commonwealth Coat of Arms
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence:

Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australian Licence is a standard form license agreement that allows you to copy, distribute, transmit and adapt the material on the Site so long as you attribute the work in the manner specified below.

A summary of the licence terms is available from here.

The full licence terms are available from here.


Where you adapt or modify any Content or reproduce or republish any Content as part of another document or website, you must include the following attribution statement:

This document uses content sourced from the Commonwealth of Australia – Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry – BICON web site. Material sourced from the BICON website is licensed on a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence and is also subject to the Conditions of Use set out here. The Commonwealth has not reviewed and does not necessarily endorse this document.

Transfer of information

Subject to the requirements set out in this section, You are permitted to transfer, download or otherwise use the Content. Subject to the requirements set out in this section, You are permitted to provide the Content to other persons.

  • Must not delete any statement on any hard or softcopy of the Content regarding the requirement for Users to comply with the Conditions of Use; and
  • Are responsible for alerting anyone to whom you provide the Content of these Conditions of Use.

If You do not comply with the requirements above, You must indemnify the Commonwealth against all claims, expenses, losses, damages and costs (on a solicitor and own client basis and whether incurred by or awarded against the Commonwealth) arising from a claim against the Commonwealth in connection with the use of, or reliance on, the Content.

Privacy Notice

‘Personal information’ means information or an opinion about an identified individual, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable. ‘Personal information’ that is collected under or in accordance with the Biosecurity Act 2015 is also ‘protected information’ under the Biosecurity Act 2015.

The Department collects personal information at various points in the BICON system, including at the time in which a user registers to use the BICON System, and for the purposes of:

  • creating and managing a BICON user account;
  • allowing a BICON user to make import permit applications in BICON; and
  • conducting an assessment of the goods which are the subject of an application for an import permit and determining whether an import permit may be granted in respect of those goods.

The collection of this information is authorised under the Biosecurity Act 2015.

Any personal information collected by the Department through the BICON system:

  • will be used for the purposes set out above and otherwise in accordance with the Biosecurity Act 2015;
  • may be disclosed to other government departments and agencies, such as the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, for these purposes, provided the disclosure is consistent with the Biosecurity Act 2015; and
  • It will not usually be disclosed overseas. In every case it will only be disclosed if authorised by the Biosecurity Act 2015.

If the relevant personal information requested during the account registration process or captured in your account is not provided, the department may be unable to complete this user registration process or initiate correspondence with you and the Director of Biosecurity (or relevant delegate) in respect of an application for an import permit. The Director of Biosecurity may also be unable to determine if an import permit may be granted in respect of the goods which are the subject of an application for an import permit through the BICON system.

See our Privacy Policy web page ( to learn more about accessing or correcting personal information or making a complaint. Alternatively, telephone the department on +61 2 6272 3933.

False or misleading information

It is a criminal offence under the Criminal Code 1995 to knowingly give false or misleading information to a Commonwealth officer exercising powers under Commonwealth law. This offence carries a potential penalty of 12 months' imprisonment.


These Conditions of Use are governed by the laws in force in the Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

You submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the Australian Capital Territory to decide any matter or proceeding arising out of or in connection with these Conditions of Use, the Site or the Content.