Continued Biosecurity Competency (CBC)

What is the CBC?

With the Department of Agriculture moving to a Continued Biosecurity Competency (CBC) model, all accredited and approved persons (Licensed customs brokers or self reporting importers) who undertake documentary assessment, preparation and lodgement of Import declarations merge to a consistent competency point. This also allows for new information and issues to be disseminated and addressed in a more timely and consolidated manner. CBC content must align with changes to the schemes and their requirements.

In order to maintain your accreditation for the Non-commodity for containerised cargo clearance (NCCC) and Automatic entry processing for commodities (AEPCOMM) schemes, accredited persons must complete the CBC sessions stipulated by the department in a given CBC period by the due date. *Failure to comply with CBC requirements will result in suspension or cancellation of your accreditation.

CBC sessions scheduled for the 2020-2021 (1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021) period are detailed below:


Approved Arrangement          
CBC  Reference
Release date  Due date
Class 19.1 (NCCC) Not required  N/A
 N/A  N/A
Class 19.2 (AEPCOMM) Mandatory  20-21/01
 4th August 2020  21st September 2020

Attaining your CBC:

At the IFCBAA, we believe you should have the opportunity to decide what method you use to attain your CBC each year.  Whether you prefer to attend live online webinars, watch recordings of pre-recorded webinars or attend live venue events, it's totally up to you as we offer the full range of modes from which you can select. 

At this stage the department has not scheduled a CBC activity for NCCC accredited persons for the 2020-21 period. This is due to policies and procedures relevant to this approved arrangement not having been modified in the last year. As per the training and accreditation for broker approved arrangements policy the department may schedule additional activities during the CBC period if necessary. 


AEPCOMM accredited persons will be required to complete an AEPCOMM activity due to further expansion of the AEPCOMM scope. Implementation of the AEPCOMM expansion and release of the activity has been scheduled for 4th August 2020 via a live webinar.  The assessment to complete AEPCOMM accreditation will be available immediately after the live webinar.

For more information about the training and accreditation for broker approved arrangements (class 19.1 and class 19.2) and Continued Biosecurity Competency click Here

To register for the broker approved arrangements (class 19.1 and class 19.2) and Continued Biosecurity Competency click Here

If you require any further information please contact the Department of Agriculture or IFCBAA Training via email or by phone on (02) 9587 1986.