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

Bees and apiary products
Import restrictions have been changed (1 January 2017)

Biological control agents

Bovine (cattle)
Cage birds*





Cane toads - non-viable

Circus animals


Dung beetles*


Fish - For further information contact the Inland Fisheries Service​.

Aquarium or pond fish and molluscs (except goldfish)​​​ - The Inland Fisheries Act 1995 requires all live freshwater aquatic vertebrates and invertebrates (apart from goldfish which require a Special Authority issued by the Chief Veterinary Officer) to have approval 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.

By-catch from Commonwealth waters

Imports of goldfish into Tasmania may only occur from approved premises.  Enquiries relating to imports of goldfish should be directed to​ or Phone 03 6165 3263.

Live coral and other anthozoans

Live mudcrabs (Scylla serrata)

Molluscs and other marine invertebrates

Non-viable finfish (fish meat)


  Requirements for Importing and Keeping Wildlife in Tasmania   (607Kb)​

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:

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. ​

Important additional information

The Animal Health Act does not replace import controls enacted under other Tasmanian legislation. For example:

Fish - Inland Fisheries Act 1995 requires all 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 an addition to any import requirements listed on this website.

All rock lobster of the genus Jasus and Sagmariasus, 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 and Sagmariasus 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.

Wildlife and native species - importation of many species may also be affected by the Nature Conservation Act 2002. The Nature Conservatiokn 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 of the Wildlife (General) Regulations 2010 for a definition of 'domestic stock'), you will need to contact the Wildlife Managment Branch to apply for an import permit. This is in addition to any import requirements listed on this webiste. See also: Wildlife Import Policy & Procedures.

Check also any current biosecurity threats.

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

Wildlife Management Branch
200 Collins Street
GPO Box 44
Phone: 03 6165 4305
Fax: 03 6173 0253

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

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