Continued Biosecurity Competency (CBC)
What is the CBC?
The following information has been provided to assist you in understanding the background and your ongoing compliance commitment under the Continued Biosecurity Competency (CBC).
The CBC is the modern and logical improvement of the old system of re-accreditation for the NCCC and AEPCOMM Schemes that used to happen every two years right up until 2009. As some of you would remember, under the old re-accreditation process, every couple of years there was a somewhat time-consuming course to undertake and a fairly lengthy assessment to complete all designed to ensure that persons accredited under the Schemes were totally up to date with the requirements since the last re-accreditation. The major shortcoming of that process was that any immediate changes within that two-year window that may have impacted upon Australia's biosecurity, were not picked up, taught and assessed until the next re-accreditation point, which could have been up to two years away.
In 2009 the (now) Department of Agriculture and Water Resources ("the Department") decided to discontinue this re-accreditation process altogether. The CBFCA continued to hold regular discussions with the Department during the interim period to make the point that a failure by the Department to conduct a re-accreditation in a timely fashion was an abandonment of their co-regulatory responsibilities to those accredited under the Schemes. The Department's argument that "the information is on our website" was never one that the CBFCA accepted, as anyone would agree who has tried to navigate this very complex site.
Fortunately, in 2015 the Department agreed that re-accreditation should recommence and was swayed by the CBFCA's argument that a two-year period between accreditation was too long. The CBFCA proposed that accreditation should take the form of a "rolling" re-accreditation with updates no later than every six months to ensure that any changes to the Schemes that may impact upon Australia's biosecurity would be picked up sooner. Of course, if there are issues that come up of critical importance to Australia's biosecurity, then training should be conducted immediately on those matters without the need to fix this into a six-month window.
The plan, which is now enshrined in the Department's Policy on CBC, is that Accredited Persons must undergo a minimum two sessions of biosecurity-related training each year
. The CBFCA also successfully made the case that the CBC should be included as part of the CPD Scheme for licensed customs brokers and that the annual CBC period should run in parallel with the timing of the CPD year i.e. starting on 1 April each year. Logically, if there is to be two hours of CBC training annually and this is very specifically related to the role of an LCB operating under these co-regulatory Schemes, then these two hours should also become part of the mandated 30 CPD points for LCBs. This means that LCBs can attain six CPD points through the CBC and the balance of 24 CPD through other areas relating to their roles.
The CBFCA saw this merging of the requirements for both CBC and CPD as a real win-win for industry and congratulates the Department for setting the Scheme up this way.
Attaining your CBC:
At the CBFCA we believe you should have the opportunity to decide what method you use to attain your CBC each CBC 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.
NCCC (Class 19.1) re-accreditation
Attendance at the CBFCA's Regional CPD events provides for the NCCC re-accreditation CBC requrement however we also have an online version of that too if you missed the regional events.
AEPCOMM (Class 19.2) re-accreditation
The AEPCOMM re-accreditation is conducted as a fully self-paced online activity with an assessment as mandated by DAWR.
BOTH of these sessions can be completed for just $35 (+GST). Click this LINK
to register today.
We trust the above is a helpful outline of the history and processes of the CBC. A copy of the Department's policy document for CBC can be downloaded from HERE
If you need any further information, contact the Department or the CBFCA via email
or by phone on (07) 3256 0146.