Animals With Unrestricted Entry Requirements

​​The following animals may be imported into Tasmania without specific entry requirement under the Animal Health Act 1995.

Please note: all animals must be healthy and arthropods must be transported in a soil-free medium.
  • Cage Birds (other than pigeons)6
  • Carcases or parts of carcasses from farm animals (other than farmed fish), poultry and game species killed in Australia other than foxes.
  • Cats
  • Domestic fowls and their products
  • Ducks6
  • Emus5,6
  • Equidae (horses, donkeys, mules, ponies)
  • Fertile eggs (Except those of pigeons and fish)
  • Dead aquatic invertebrates either fresh or frozen, except abalone (Haliotis sp.), mussels (Mytilus sp.), clams (Donsinia sp.) and oysters (Otrea sp., Crassostrea sp., or Saccostrea sp.) 1, 2, 3
  • Geese6
  • Grouse6
  • Guinea Fowl6
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Mammalian ova and embryos (Except those from cattle)
  • Mice
  • Ostriches6
  • Partridges6
  • Peafowl6
  • Pheasants6
  • Quail6
  • Rabbits4
  • Rats6
  • Semen other than bovine semen
  • Table eggs
  • Turkeys6

    The following invertebrates may be imported without restriction

    African black beetle nematodeHeterorhabditis zealandica
    African night crawler wormEudrilus eugenia
    Aphid parasiteAphidius colemani
    Australian land hermit crabCoenobita variabilis
    Black vine weevil nematodeHeterorhabditis bacteriophora
    Blue tiger wormPerionix excavatus
    Boneseed leaf buckle miteAceria sp.
    Brine shrimpsArtemia sp.
    Brown lacewingMicromus tasmaniae
    Cereal aphid parasiteAphidius rhopalosiphi
    Common garden snailHelix aspersa
    Common spotted ladybirdHarmonia conformis
    Cucumeris miteNeoseiulus cucumeris
    Dark mealwormTenebrio obscurus
    Diamondback moth parasiteDiadegma semiclausum
    Dung beetleBubas spp.
    Dung beetleEuoniticellus spp.
    Dung beetleLiatongus spp.
    Dung beetleOnitis spp.
    Dung beetleOnthophagus spp.
    Elephant beetleXylotrupes gideon
    Flower scarab beetleDilocrosis brownii
    Flower scarab beetleHemipharis insularis
    Flower scarab beetleTricaulax macleayi
    Fungus gnat nematodeSteinernema feltiae
    Gardener's friend wormAmythus sp.
    Giant burrowing cockroachMacropanesthia rhinoceros
    Gorse soft shoot mothAgonopterix umbellana
    Green blowflyLucilia sericata
    Green lacewingMallada signata
    Greenhouse whitefly parasiteEncarsia formosa
    Greenhouse whitefly parasiteEretmocerus warrae
    Grey-furrowed rose-chaferTricaulax philipsii
    House cricketAcheta domesticus
    HouseflyMusca domestica
    Hypoaspis miteHypoaspis miles
    Hypoaspis miteHypoaspis aculeifer
    Larger wax mothGalleria mellonella
    Lucerne aphid parasiteAphidius ervi
    MealwormTenebrio molitor
    Mealybug ladybirdCryptolaemus montrouzieri
    Migratory locustLocusta migratoria
    MiteTyphlodromus occidentalis
    Montdorensis miteTyphlodromips montdorensis
    Mussel scale parasiteAphytis lepidosaphes
    Black vine weevil nematodeHetorhabditis bacteriophora
    African black beetle nematodeHeterorhabditis zealandica
    NematodeSteinernema carpocapsae
    Fungus gnat nematodeSteinernema feltiae
    Oriental scale predatorChilocorus baileyi
    Paterson's curse crown weevilMogulones larvatus
    Paterson's curse root weevilMogulones geographicus
    Persimilis mitePhytoseiulus persimilis
    Pirate bugOrius armatus
    Potato tuber moth egg parasiteCopidosoma koehleri
    Potato tuber moth parasiteOrgilus lepidus
    Red earthwormLumbricus rubellas
    Red scale parasiteAphytis lingnanensis
    Red scale parasiteAphytis melinus
    Red tiger wormEisenia andrei
    Rose aphid parasiteAphidius rosae
    Rove beetleDalotia coriaria
    SilkwormBombyx mori
    Sow thistle aphid parasiteAphidius sonchi
    Speckled cockroach (Lobster roach)Nauphoeta cinerea
    Spiny leaf insectExtatasoma tiaratum
    Spotted amber ladybirdHippodamia variegata
    Tiger worm, red wrigglerEisenia fetida
    Transverse ladybirdCoccinella transversalis
    Twospotted mite predatorNeoseiulus wearnei/Neoseiulus californicus ​
    Victoriensis miteEuseius victoriensis
    Wanderer/Monarch butterflyDanaus plexippus
    WaspLeptomastix dactylopii
    WaspMetaphycus sp.
    WaspTrichogramma carverae
    WaspTrichogramma pretiosum
    Wattle goat moth Endoxyla encalypti
    Whitelouse scale predatorChilocorus circumdatus


    1. This applies to all invertebrate seafood species (for example shellfish and crustaceans) other than abalone (Haliotis sp.), mussels (Mytilus sp.), clams (Dosinia sp.) and oysters (Otrea sp., Crassostrea sp., or Saccostrea sp.). Crustaceans are considered live if they show any movement when warmed to room temperature. Shellfish are considered live if no shell has been removed and they are not frozen. A Special Authority will be required when importing abalone from any state or territory; or mussels, clams and oysters originating from NSW or regions known to be infected by oyster herpes virus. Oysters, mussels and clams originating from other states will require a declaration by the consignor (Dead Aquatic Mollusc Declaration of Origin). Finfish product may only be imported if they are not listed in Schedule 1 of the General Authority in respect to the importation of non-viable fish and fish material.
    2. Note the 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. All freshwater crayfish or yabby are banned by the Inland Fisheries Act 1995.
    3. 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) 6165 3035 for further advice. Note, the Western Australian lobster is from the genus Panulirus and therefore the Tasmanian rock lobster fishery rules do not apply.
    4. The Vermin Control Act 2000 prohibits the introduction of live rabbits into any island in Tasmanian waters, except the Tasmanian mainland and Bruny Island.
    5. The keeping of emus is regulated by the Animal Farming(Registration) Act 1994.
    6. Wildlife & 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.


    Biosecurity Tasmania (Biosecurity) Enquiries
    13 St. Johns Avenue
    New Town TAS 7008
    Phone: 03 6165 3777
    Fax: 03 6173 0225

    Wildlife Management Branch
    134 Macquarie Street
    GPO Box 44
    HOBART TAS 7001
    Phone: 03 6165 4305
    Fax: 03 6173 0253

    Animal Disease Enquiries
    Chief Veterinary Officer
    GPO Box 44
    Hobart TAS 7000
    Phone: 03 6165 3263
    Fax: 03 6278 1875

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