Some goods aren’t meant to fly.
Dangerous Goods are items that may endanger the safety of an aircraft or persons on board the aircraft. They are also known as restricted articles and hazardous materials. Their carriage on aircraft is governed by the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Regulations.
Civil Aviation Safety Regulations forbid the carriage of most items of Dangerous Goods onto an aircraft.
The islands of the Torres Strait provide a potential route to mainland Australia for many serious quarantine pests present in countries to our north. The Torres Strait island group is Australia’s closest point to a neighbouring country. A distance of only 3.6 kms separates the outer Torres Strait island of Saibai and the mainland of Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Some exotic pests make seasonal incursions into Torres Strait. Others move into the island chain by natural means, such as wind or tide movements. Torres Strait proves no barrier to migrating birds or flying insects, such as mosquitoes, that can carry diseases.
Traditional trade between the 13 PNG treaty villages and the outer Torres Strait islands, or the movement of vessels, cargo and people within the Torres Strait has the capacity to inadvertently move pests, diseases and weeds.
Map of the Torres Strait quarantine zones
For these reasons the Torres Strait has special quarantine requirements that prohibit the southward movement of the following products south between
- the Torres Strait Protected Zone to the Special Quarantine Zone, and
- any Torres Strait island to mainland Australia
without a permit from the Department of Agriculture.
- untreated hides or skins or other animal products
- meat or dairy products (excluding canned items)
- fresh fruit and vegetables
- live animals, including insects
- live plants, including cuttings, seedlings or plant products
- poultry products, including eggs or feathers with skin still attached, and
Australia’s quarantine laws are designed to manage the risk of exotic pests, weeds and diseases entering the Torres Strait, or spreading from the Strait to mainland Australia.