Restrictions on importing foxes and fox products into Tasmania

The importation of foxes and fox products poses a significant risk to the Tasmanian environment, agriculture and animal health. To eliminate this risk, there are restrictions on the importation into Tasmania of foxes, fox skins and other fox products under the following legislation:

Nature Conservation Act 2002

Foxes are a restricted animal under the Nature Conservation Act 2002 and live foxes cannot be imported into Tasmania.

Animal Health Act 1995

There are restrictions on the importation of fox products, skins and carcasses under the Animal Health Act 1995.

The following materials cannot be imported into Tasmania:

  • unprocessed or untanned fox carcasses
  • unprocessed or untanned fox skins
  • unprocessed or untanned fox parts
  • all fox products, including fox faeces

If you have any questions relating to the importation of any fox products into Tasmania, please contact Biosecurity Tasmania.

Information for hunters and taxidermists

Q. Can fox carcasses, salted, dried or frozen fox skins, including untanned fox tails, any other untanned fox parts and fox faeces be brought into Tasmania?

A. All the above are prohibited entry into Tasmania under the Animal Health Act 1995 unless accompanied by a document called a Special Authority issued by Tasmania's Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO).

Anyone wishing to import any of these fox products will need to apply to the CVO for a Special Authority giving prior written permission to import.

Once CVO approval has been given, the importer will then need to notify Biosecurity Tasmania prior to importation of the unprocessed fox products and present the Special Authority on arrival in Tasmania.

Q. Can fully tanned fox skins, pelts and products, including fully mounted foxes prepared by a taxidermist, be brought into Tasmania?

A. There are no restrictions on the importation into Tasmania of fully tanned fox products, but they must be presented for quarantine inspection upon arrival in Tasmania.

Failure to comply with the import requirements of section 17(1) of the Animal Health Act 1995 may result in a Quarantine Infringement Notice (and fine) being issued to the importer, with the fox parts or fox products being seized and destroyed.

Q. Who do I contact if I have a question about importing fox products?

A. If you have any queries relating to the importation process or the issuing of Special Authorities by the Chief Veterinary Officer, please contact Biosecurity Tasmania.

Declaration of Restricted Materials - Dog and fox faeces

Section 3(5) Animal Health Act 1995

I, Bryan Green, being and as the Minister for Primary Industries and Water, pursuant to Section 3(5) of the Animal Health Act 1995 declare the following animal materials to be restricted materials:
  • dog faeces
  • fox faeces
Dated the ninth day of November 2010

Bryan Green MP,
Minister for Primary Industries and Water


Biosecurity Enquiries
Phone: 03 6165 3777 , or 1800 084 881 (For biosecurity service in your state)

Chief Veterinary Officer
Rod Andrewartha
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 3261
Fax: 03 6278 1875

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