Media Release

​New biosecurity in-flight video takes off

1 May 2018

  • New biosecurity in-flight video 'Don't be sorry, just declare it' launched on international airlines
  • Video raises awareness of biosecurity risks and what can and can't be brought into Australia
  • It has been produced in English, Mandarin and Hindi languages 

It may not be a blockbuster but a new in-flight video launched today will help protect Australia's unique environment and $63 billion agricultural industry.

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said passengers will better understand their personal responsibilities before landing on Aussie soil through the new biosecurity video - 'Don't be sorry, just declare it'.

"International flights can be a great chance to switch off, but we are asking passengers take a few moments to ensure they correctly declare any risk items on their incoming passenger card," Minister Littleproud said.

"The old excuse of 'mum packed my bag' doesn't fly.

"Don't bother about saving airline food for later on as it must not leave the plane.

"If you fail to declare food, animal or plant products, and any natural medicines, you may face serious penalties for providing false information. No excuse is good enough.

 "We are still seeing a concerning number of passengers bringing in high-risk food items, such as fresh produce and meat.

"Travelers have a very important role to play in helping to protect Australia's world-class biosecurity status.

"We're here to help, and want your entry into Australia to be as smooth as possible."

The Coalition Government has increased biosecurity investment 29 per cent since 2012–13.

To view the video, visit agriculture.gov.au/passenger-video

To learn more about what can and cannot be brought to Australia, visit agriculture.gov.au/travelling

Fast Facts:

  • 340,000 biosecurity risk items were intercepted at Australia's border in 2017, including live marine animals, reptiles, seeds and plants.
  • Since 2013, the Australian Government has increased biosecurity investment by over 29 per cent, totalling $783.2 million this financial year.
  • Airport biosecurity safeguards Australia from significant pests and diseases that can impact on the environment, agricultural industries, plant, animal and human health​.