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 1995.
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 Stock.
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
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.
The Animal Health Act does not replace import controls enacted under other Tasmanian legislation. For example:
Fish - Inland Fisheries Act 1995 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 1995. 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.. 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 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.
See - Animals with Unrestricted Entry Requirements
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
- Restricted Material - Restrictions on Fish and Fish Products under the Animal Health Act 1995.
- Restricted Materials - Restrictions on Importing Fox and Fox Products under the Animal Health Act 1995.
- Declaration of Restricted Materials - Fox Faeces
- Wildlife imports. Note - species listed in schedules 5 and 6 of the Wildlife Regulations 1999 are not available for the public to import. Species under other schedules may be imported subject to approval.
- Fish - Inland Fisheries Act 1995 requires all live freshwater aquatic vertebrates and invertebrates (apart from goldfish which require a permit from Animal Biosecurity and Welfare Branch) 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.
- Rock Lobster/crayfish - Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995 restricts species, size and possession of lobster of the genus Jasus. Please contact Recreational Fisheries Section on (03) 6233 3543 for further advice.
- Mussels (Mytilus sp.), clams (Dosinia sp.) and oysters (Otrea sp., Crassostrea sp., or Saccostrea) - Oysters originating from New South Wales or any area known to be infected with oyster herpes virus may not enter Tasmania. A Declaration must accompany all consignments – available below.
Check also any current biosecurity threats.
Contact: Chief Veterinary OfficerRod Andrewartha
Chief Veterinary Officer
13 St Johns Avenue
NEW TOWN TAS 7008
Phone: 03 6233 6836
Fax: 03 6278 1875