CUSTOMS and quarantine CLEARANCE

For anyone bringing their vessel into Australia, it is imperative that you understand the requirements of Customs and Quarantine.

Rivergate Marina & Shipyard is an official vessel port of entry for Customs and Quarantine clearance in Brisbane. The Customs and Quarantine clearance process can be complex, however we strive to simplify the process and upon request, Rivergate can assist you with your clearance needs.

For some vessels it is worthwhile using the services of an agent. If you would like further information please contact us either via email at info@rivergate.com.au or by phone on +61 7 3907 1600.

You should familiarise yourself with the information below, which has been summarised from the Australian Government Website for Customs and Quarantine

Note: It is imperative to contact Customs and Quarantine 96h before arrival in Australian Waters.


A sailing ship or motor vessel which is all of the following:

  • not carrying cargo

  • used for sport or pleasure

  • not working commercially


Yacht Operators/Owners intending to bring a yacht into Australia (under its own power) must notify Australian Border Force of the impending arrival before arrival in Australian waters. Impending arrival reports can be made by email to yachtreport@border.gov.au and the requirements may be found at http://www.border.gov.au – the process is easy and you will be welcome.


As with most countries in the world, Australia is no different and yachts on international voyages that enter Australia must arrive at a port of entry that is designated for the arrival of international yachts. The official Customs and Quarantine Wharf for vessels arriving in South East Queensland is on the Brisbane River at Rivergate Marina & Shipyard.


The Department of Agriculture conduct vessel inspections on arrival. Inspections will be conducted at the first port of arrival in Australia. More information can be found at http://www.agriculture.gov.au


An international yacht undergoing maintenance during its visit to Australia can be GST and Duty exempt for the goods and services that will be re-exported with the vessel when it departs Australia – a significant advantage when considering Australia as a destination for your yachts maintenance.


If required, visas are valid for up to 12 months from the date of issue. Crew issued with a visa maybe able to enter Australia on multiple occasions during the 12 months validity of the visa.

Information on visa or immigration matters can be found at http://www.immi.gov.au.

For other Customs and Border Protection matters visit http://www.border.gov.au.


Rivergate’s friendly staff will be on hand to assist once you have cleared Customs & Quarantine.

Our Concierge services are available to bring you to and from nearby supermarkets, ferry terminals, train station, banks etc.