Accredited Grain Surveyor Assurance Scheme
The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE), in collaboration with the Australasian Institute of Marine Surveyors (AIMS), is updating the Export Control (Plants and Plant Products) Rules 2021 (Plant Rules) to improve export bulk vessel survey and inspection practices. The updates will provide greater assurance that bulk vessels comply with agricultural export legislation. Under the changes to the Plant Rules, the qualifications, experience and evidence required to become an Accredited Grain Surveyor under the AGSA scheme will change from 1st July 2022.
The Accreditation of marine surveyors who undertake the inspection of empty bulk vessels for the purpose of loading consumable plant products (such as grain) will be managed by the Australasian Institute of Marine Surveyors (AIMS) as the peak industry body for Marine Surveyors in our region.
The AGSA scheme will commence on the 1st July 2022, with application for accreditation opening on the 1st May 2022 via the AIMS website. All marine surveyors intending to perform inspections of empty bulk vessels for the purpose of loading consumable plant products will need to reapply, even those who are accredited under the current legislation.
There is no requirement for surveyors to be members of AIMS to apply for accreditation.
Mandatory evidence of qualifications and experience will be required to be submitted as part of the application, and the below factsheet provides information of the new qualification requirements and what this will mean for current and new accredited marine surveyors.
Click to view Fact sheet - AGSA marine surveyor accreditation
Click to view - Fact sheet - AGSA key information