The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC)
- 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
Wildlife Trade Regulation Section
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601
Telephone: +61 2 6274 1900
Facsimile: +61 2 6274 1921
- 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
Telephone: (02) 6274 1801
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.
You may need approval from AQIS to import live animals into Australia, or to import or export animal or plant products. For details about quarantine requirements, contact the AQIS office in your state capital or the head office.
Quarantine Act 1908
Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS)
GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2601
+61 2 6272 3933
1800 020 504 (free call within Australia)
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 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.
- Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia