Wildlife Import Policy & Procedures

The private keeping of any imported wildlife other than caged birds is not permitted in Tasmania.

The Tasmanian Government has developed new arrangements for importing wildlife from the Australian mainland into Tasmania. The arrangements are outlined in the Policy and Procedures for the Import, Movement and Keeping of Vertebrate Wildlife in Tasmania (the Policy).

The Tasmanian Government has developed the Policy to ensure that the importation of wildlife from the mainland of Australia into Tasmania does not present an unacceptable level of risk to the State's environment, primary industries and public amenity. The restrictions and conditions that may be applied to wildlife imports are imposed under the Nature Conservation Act 2002 (the Act) and the associated regulations.

Species that may be permitted for import are listed. In order to import any species that is on this list, an application for an import permit must be submitted to DPIPWE. The list currently contains those species that have been assessed as not posing an unacceptable risk to the State. Assessments have been conducted for most of the species commonly imported.

Only holders of a wildlife exhibition licence or a suitable scientific research facility are eligible to apply to import the majority of species from this list. The only exception is for the import of some cage bird species that remain available for import by applicants without an exhibition licence.

Applications can be made to amend the list of species that may be imported into Tasmania under the Nature Conservation Act 2002. Applicants are required to submit a Species Profile, which must contain sufficient information for DPIPWE to assess the risk of importing the species into Tasmania. If the species does not represent an unacceptable level of risk to the State, the species will be added to the list of acceptable imports.

Note: Conditions on the importation of animals under the Animal Health Act 1995 also apply. For further information see the Requirements for Importing Animals to Tasmania.


Wildlife Management Branch
134 Macquarie Street
GPO Box 44
Phone: 03 6165 4305
Fax: 03 6173 0253
Email: wildlife.reception@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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