Quarantine and Biosecurity

Quarantine and biosecurity across the Groote Archipelago is vitally important to help protect the pristine ecosystems and unique native flora and fauna from introduced pests and diseases. The Groote archipelago is relatively free from many of the introduced pest species that are common on mainland Australia and it is vital for the economic, environmental, social and cultural values on Groote that it remains this way.                                                          

Barge Freight: 
All freight will be inspected by the ALC Quarantine and Biosecurity Officer and cane toad detection dog on arrival to Groote Eylandt. All barges landing at Umbakumba must be pre-arranged with the Quarantine and Biosecurity Officer, so inspections can be pre planned and booked in advance. Freight landing at Umbakumba can only be unloaded during daylight hours. This is to ensure inspections can be completed comprehensively whilst the Quarantine and Biosecurity Officer is present, as there are no cane toad containment barriers at this barge landing. 

If you are transporting a vehicle, a vessel, machinery or construction equipment to the Groote Archipelago you must comply with the ALC Quarantine and Biosecurity Conditions, acknowledging that:

  • It has been thoroughly cleaned and visually checked
  • It is free from soil, organic material, seeds, or any plant or animal
  • It is free from any potential water reservoirs - these can provide potential breeding sites for exotic mosquitoes that can carry disease
  • Any equipment or items that have been located outside before being transported have been thoroughly checked for cane toads
  • Upon arrival on Groote Eylandt the item will be inspected for quarantine and biosecurity purposes by Sea Swift and the Quarantine and Biosecurity Officer

Failure to comply with these conditions may result in the item being returned to the port of origin at the owner’s expense.

Keeping the Groote Archipelago cane toad free:
The Groote Archipelago is cane toad free, resulting in healthy populations of threatened and endangered species such as the northern quoll, which has been adversely affected by the introduction of cane toads across Northern Australia. All construction materials, equipment, machinery and vehicles must be inspected for cane toads when they arrive on Groote Eylandt. Edna is a specialist trained odour detection dog used to detect cane toads that may enter Groote Eylandt via the barge landings. She plays a key role in helping keep the Groote Archipelago cane toad free.

The ALC request that you to check your vehicles, trailers and personal belongings, especially those that have been outdoors before they travel to Groote to ensure there are no cane toads hiding inside them. If you see a cane toad anywhere on the Groote Archipelago, please catch it and call (08) 8987 4425 immediately. 
Keeping the Groote Archipelago free of invasive weeds:
There are many invasive and introduced weed species that pose a significant threat to the biodiversity on Groote Eylandt. These weed seeds can be transported on dirty vehicles, machinery, boots and tools. 
The ALC requires all machinery, vehicles, tools, work boots, equipment and other items are washed, cleaned thoroughly and are completely free of soil and organic matter before being transported to the Groote Archipelago. All vehicles, machinery and freight will be inspected and failure to comply with this request may result in the items being returned to the port of origin at the owner’s expense.  
Bringing plants and animals to the Groote Archipelago:
All plants bought to the Groote Archipelago must be sourced from an approved commercial plant wholesaler only. Pre-approval in writing must be obtained from the ALC before plants are transported by barge to Alyangula – no other method of transport, e.g. via plane, is permitted. Plants and soil can harbor serious pest species such as weeds, cane toads and invasive ants; all of which could have a devastating impact on the ecosystems, native flora and fauna and the Anindilyakwa people if they were to establish in the archipelago. 

All animals must be pre-approved by the ALC in writing before they are transported to the Groote Archipelago via airplane only. All dogs must be surgically desexed and fully vaccinated before being transported to the Groote Archipelago. Under no circumstances are cats to be transported to the Groote Archipelago. Please select from the links below to complete a domestic animal approval form and to see the species of animals that are prohibited or restricted within the Groote Archipelago

Prohibited plants and animals
Domestic animal approval form
Alyangula dog registration and consent

For those people moving to or living in the GEMCO mining township of Alyangula, please click on the link above or contact the South32 Township Office on (08) 8987 4343 for specific information regarding domestic dogs within the Alyangula mine lease area
Any breach of the ALC quarantine and biosecurity program may result in refused entry to the Groote Archipelago and the item returned to the port or place of origin at the owner’s expense.  If you require additional information please contact the ALC Quarantine and Biosecurity Officer on 0418 678 495.