Importing Animals into 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.

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 document 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 Animal Health Australia's information on Movement Requirements for Stock.

Where there is no authority to import published on this website you may apply to the Chief Veterinary Officer for a Special Authority. (See the contact details at the bottom of this page.) An authority to import may be granted if considered safe to do so.

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

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

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