The international movement of wildlife and wildlife products is regulated under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
In this section you will find information about species protected by the Act and how to apply for permits to export and import regulated flora and fauna.
'Wildlife' is: Any whole, part or derivative of a plant or animal, either living or non-living. Eg Wood, seeds, insects, leather/fur, pills/medicines, faeces, teeth, meat, live plants, fresh or dried flowers etc.
Find out more about wildlife trade
Internationally endangered plants and animals (CITES)
Travellers and online shoppers
Australian native plants and animals
Trade in wildlife can pose a serious threat to Australia's unique biodiversity and to plants and animals around the world. That's why Australia strictly regulates the international movement of animals and plants, and animal and plant products, including:
- commercial trade (buying and selling of plants and animals or items made from them to/from overseas)
- non-commercial trade (such as the international movement of animals and plants for research and exhibition)
- bringing in plant and animal specimens for personal use
- taking Australian native animals out of Australia as pets
- buying goods over the internet (products from overseas that come from plants and animals)
- when you are travelling
Special requirements apply to endangered plants and animals (those included on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) list).
You may need a permit if you want to bring into or take out of Australia a plant or animal, or animal/plant products.
You could face severe penalties if you break the law, so make sure you understand your responsibilities.
Please note that the Department of the Environment is responsible for regulating the movement of wildlife into and out of Australia i.e. international trade. Alternatively, State and Territory agencies regulate the movement of wildlife within Australia i.e. between states.
For more information contact:
Wildlife Trade Regulation Section
Department of the Environment
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601
Telephone: (02) 6274 1900
Facsimile: (02) 6274 1921