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Requirements for Importing Animals to Tasmania



Tasmania has placed controls over the importation of animals, disease agents and restricted materials from other States or Territories. These controls are enacted under the Animal Health Act 1995You are now leaving our site. DPIPWE is not responsible for the content of the web site to which you are going. The link does not constitute any form of endorsement.

Animals are defined as any member of the animal kingdom except humans. Eggs, ova, semen, carcasses, and parts of carcasses are included in this definition. A disease agent is any organism capable of causing disease in an animal. There are heavy penalties for importing animals or animal materials that are infected or suspected of being infected with any List A, List B (see - Notifiable Animal Diseases), new or unknown disease, unless this is specifically permitted by a Special Authority.

Animals, disease agents or restricted materials which are not listed as Unrestricted Entry or Animals with Entry Requirements on this website may not be imported.

All entry conditions published on this website must be observed. There are heavy penalties for importing animals, disease agents or restricted materials contrary to the prescribed entry conditions.

It is a condition of entry that all animals are healthy. Animals known to be in their final trimester of pregnancy, or showing signs of advanced pregnancy, should not be transported across Bass Strait. Animal welfare requirements for the transport of livestock across Bass Strait are outlined in the Animal Welfare Guidelines - Transport of Livestock Across Bass Strait, including the Animal Welfare declaration that must be signed by the transporter and master of the vessel. See also Movement Requirements for StockYou are now leaving our site. DPIPWE is not responsible for the content of the web site to which you are going. The link does not constitute any form of endorsement.

Where there is no authority published on this website you may apply to the Chief Veterinary Officer for a Special Authority. Contact: Rod.Andrewartha@dpipwe.tas.gov.au The application will be considered and an authority to import may be granted if considered safe to do so. You may be charged an application fee for this service.

Animals and necessary paperwork must be presented for inspection upon arrival in Tasmania. A fee will be charged for this inspection.

See also: Wildlife Import Policy & Procedures



Animals that can be imported with entry requirements


Click on species to find import conditions with which you must comply and appropriate paperwork that must be completed. Some animals listed here may be imported without import conditions under the Animal Health Act (those marked with an asterisk*), however restrictions may apply under other legislation.


Alpaca and other South American camelids

Goats


Bees and apiary products



Goldfish for open sale - Pet goldfish prohibited from entry into Tasmania



Biological control agents



Guinea pigs*



Bovine (cattle)

Horses (equids)*



Cage birds*



Pigeons
Import restrictions have been changed


Macquarie Island specimens



Camels



Pigs


Cattle



Preserved specimens



Cats



Poultry*



Cane toads - non-viable



Rabbits*



Circus animals



Rats/mice*



Dogs



Sheep


Dung beetles*



Tropical marine invertebrates



Earthworms*



Vaccines and diagnostic reagents



Fish
- also check Inland Fisheries Service www.ifs.com.auYou are now leaving our site. DPIPWE is not responsible for the content of the web site to which you are going. The link does not constitute any form of endorsement

Wildlife


Important additional information

The Animal Health Act does not replace import controls enacted under other Tasmanian legislation. For example:
    Fish - Inland Fisheries Act 1995You are now leaving our site. DPIPWE is not responsible for the content of the web site to which you are going. The link does not constitute any form of endorsement requires all live aquatic vertebrates and invertebrates (apart from goldfish) to have a permit from the Director of Inland Fisheries to enter Tasmania. Contact the Inland Fisheries Service for more information. This is in addition to any import requirements listed on this website.

    All rock lobster of the genus Jasus, need to conform to the Tasmanian rock lobster fishery rules under the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995You are now leaving our site. DPIPWE is not responsible for the content of the web site to which you are going. The link does not constitute any form of endorsement. This includes possession limits, size limits, females with eggs (in berry) tagging and marking, and docketing arrangements. This includes rock lobster of the genus Jasus that has been legally caught or purchased through a retail or wholesale establishment in another State and/or has been imported from another country. Please contact the Licensing Administration Branch on (03) 6233 3543 for further advice. Note, the Western Australian lobster is from the genus Panulirus and therefore the Tasmanian rock lobster fishery rules do not apply.

    Wildlife and native species - importation of many species may also be affected by the Nature Conservation Act 2002.You are now leaving our site. DPIPWE is not responsible for the content of the web site to which you are going. The link does not constitute any form of endorsement. The Nature Conservation Act governs the importation and keeping of wildlife in Tasmania. If you wish to import any animal that is not classified as domestic dog, domestic cat or domestic stock (see schedule 7 for a definition of 'domestic stock'You are now leaving our site. DPIPWE is not responsible for the content of the web site to which you are going. The link does not constitute any form of endorsement), you will need to contact the Wildlife Management Branch to apply for an import permit. This is in addition to any import requirements listed on this website.




Animals that can be imported without entry requirements


See - Animals with Unrestricted Entry Requirements



Animals that can't be imported (entry NOT allowed)


Animals, disease agents or restricted materials which are not listed as Unrestricted Entry or Animal with Entry Requirements on this website MAY NOT BE IMPORTED

In addition there are some animals and restricted material that are specifically prohibited from entering Tasmania. The following links will provide you with information on animals and restricted materials that are prohibited from entering Tasmania.Dead Aquatic Mollusc Declaration of Origin




Check also any current biosecurity threats.

Further information

Contact: Chief Veterinary Officer
Rod Andrewartha
Chief Veterinary Officer
13 St Johns Avenue
NEW TOWN TAS 7008
Phone: 03 6233 6836
Fax: 03 6278 1875
Email: Rod.Andrewartha@dpipwe.tas.gov.au


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