"Initial Pratique Inspection (sailed in vessels only)
Vessels sailed in to Australia
, including international and returning Australian vessels, are subject to pratique inspection
on arrival. ALL
of these vessels are required to meet the same AQIS requirements regardless of origin. A timber pest inspection will
be conducted by accredited AQIS Seaports Officers at the time of the initial pratique inspection.
Depending on the results of the documentation
assessment and/or the initial pratique inspection, vessels arriving in Australia
will be assessed as either low risk
or high risk
for timber pests.
Vessels arriving without the required documentation
and/or vessel history
will automatically be regarded as high risk vessels.
Those vessels assessed as representing a low risk
will not require a further timber inspection if the vessel is subsequently imported."
I know that the OP has stated that he has decided against the boat for a number of reasons. The only reason why i continue to provided the AQIS requirements is in case any one reads this that is considering importing a boat to Australia. Personaly i hope that heaps of boats are imported as i am in the market to buy a boat. I dont want to discourage people to import
boats but belive that they should do so with their eyes open. A boat such as described will run in to major problems.
My personal opinion based on what AQIS is saying that the owner will face at least 2 long inspections and a full treatment to the department requirement. The worst outcome would be inspections at the owners expences with an order to sail the boat out of Australian waters. If the owner was not able to do so then they could order the controled distruction of the boat at the owners expence. I chose to withhold my opinion as to wether this is just or not.