A Rigorous Management System


Part of Chevron’s commitment to protect Barrow Island’s unique environment includes a comprehensive quarantine regime which has been recognised locally and globally as “best practice”. Our key environmental objective is to protect the conservation values and maintain the biodiversity of Barrow Island and its surrounding waters.

The Barrow Island Quarantine Management System (QMS) is the world's largest non-government quarantine initiative. It provides an unprecedented level of quarantine intervention across all operations and sets new benchmarks for environmental protection. Quarantine management prevents the introduction of non-indigenous animals and plants that could potentially establish on the island, predate native species or compete with them for food, water and shelter.

Our quarantine program focuses on preventing the introduction of these species through pre-border screening of cargo and passengers prior to arrival on Barrow. This is complemented by on-island inspection and surveillance activities as well as a control and eradication capability. Together with the broader scientific community, specialist environmental consultants and relevant government regulatory agencies, we have progressively improved our strategy and built on our experience to develop a world-class quarantine management system.

Award win

Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary, Rona Mellor, left to right, with Federal Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce, and Chevron Australia Gorgon Project Quarantine Manager Johann van der Merwe, with the award.

2015 Australian Biosecurity Award Win

In March 2015, Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce named Chevron as a winner in the Industry category of the 2015 Biosecurity Awards. We were acknowledged for our proud and successful environmental stewardship legacy on Barrow Island, where we have operated Australia’s largest onshore oilfield for more than 50 years. At the awards night, it was acknowledged that the success on Barrow Island was attributed to our strong focus on biosecurity management, which since implementation in the 1960s, has continually evolved to protect and sustain the island as a Class A Nature Reserve. 

We were also acknowledged for working in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and equipping many thousands of individuals and key stakeholders internationally with both awareness and knowledge of the importance of biosecurity. 

United Nations of Australia Award Win

The latest win follows success at the 2012 United Nations(UN) Association of Australia World Environment Awards, where the QMS received the Business Award for the Best Practice Program which demonstrates excellence in environmental management and sustainable development, consistent with global UN standards.

The QMS has also been previously recognised by the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA), the Cooperative Research Centres Association (CRC) and the WA Engineers Association.

We employ a stringent Quarantine Management System to help ensure the protection of Barrow Island as a Class A Nature Reserve.

Quarantine Awareness Modules  

As highlighted at the 2015 Biosecurity Awards, as part of our commitment to improving understanding of quarantine requirements for Barrow Island in the wider community, we have developed a number of awareness modules. 

These modules - based on the actual training requirements for our own team members - provide a good overview of the lengths we expect our suppliers, our contractors and ourselves to go to in order to protect Barrow Island's biodiversity. 

The first - Quarantine for Contractors and Suppliers - describes quarantine requirements throughout our supply chain and help create an awareness of the role of individuals must play.

You can view our quarantine awareness training modules.


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