Wildlife trade key contacts

Department of the Environment

The Department of the Environment

  • administers the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act)
  • issues permits for international trade of plants and animals
  • primary Australian Government department for wildlife conservation matters.


  • Issue of permits for international wildlife trade
  • Permit validation
  • General enquiries

The Director
Wildlife Trade Regulation Section
Department of the Environment
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601
Telephone: +61 2 6274 1900
Facsimile: +61 2 6274 1921
Email: wildlifetrade@environment.gov.au


  • Seizure notices and applications for return of specimens
  • Seizures advice and books
  • Loan and disposal of specimens

Telephone: (02) 6274 2274 or (02) 6274 2275
Email: wildlife.seizures@environment.gov.au

Reporting illegal wildlife trade

Telephone: (02) 6274 1801
Email: wildlifetrade.compliance@environment.gov.au

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service enforces wildlife law at Australia's borders on behalf of the department. The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service also administers the Customs Act 1901.

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2601
+61 2 6275 6666
1300 363 263 (free call within Australia)

Department of Agriculture - Biosecurity

You may need approval from Biosecurity to import live animals into Australia, or to import or export animal or plant products. For details about quarantine requirements, contact the Biosecurity office in your state capital or the head office.

Quarantine Act 1908
Department of Agriculture Biosecurity
GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2601
+61 2 6272 3933
1800 020 504 (free call within Australia)
Contacts: www.daff.gov.au/biosecurity/about/contact

Therapeutic Goods Administration

For complementary or traditional medicines, you may need approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

Therapeutic Goods Act 1989
Therapeutic Goods Administration Office of Complementary Medicines
PO Box 100
Woden ACT 2606
Telephone: (02) 6232 8634 or 1800 020 653
Facsimile: (02) 6232 8577
Regulation of complementary medicines

State and territory contacts

State and territory governments also have their own laws about keeping exotic animals and keeping/trading native wildlife.

Contact your state or territory government to find out what you may need to do.