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Tuesday, 14 August 2012
Page: 8622

Australia Post

(Question No. 948)

Mr Morrison asked the Minister for Home Affairs, in writing, on 22 March 2012:

What is Australia Post's involvement in the screening of post articles for the purpose of satisfying Australia's security and quarantine requirements, and which agency determines whether a particular post article is 'low risk' or below the 'low value' threshold.

Mr Clare: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Australia Post's role within the international gateway is to handle international mail, including sorting and presenting the mail according to requests by border agency officers from the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Customs and Border Protection) or the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF). Australia Post is also required to open specific articles for examination by border agencies when requested under their direction and supervision.

Customs and Border Protection and DAFF officers determine the risk rating of items in accordance with their risk-assessment practices. Customs and Border Protection is responsible for assessing items for revenue purposes, including those that meet the low value threshold.