Importing or exporting wildlife for education purposes

Australia strictly controls trade in:

Import or export of specimens may be permitted if they will be used for education or training.

Permits for education purposes

To apply for a permit, follow the link below to the online application form:

If you are unable to apply for a permit online – please contact this office to discuss an alternative method for submitting an application.

Wildlife Trade Assessment
Department of the Environment
Telephone: (02) 6274 1900


You will only be granted a permit if you can demonstrate that you and/or your organisation can satisfy the following requirements:

  • The specimen will be used for education or training by a private or public institution that has a primary function of educating or training enrolled or registered participants.
  • The specimen will not be used for commercial purposes after it is no longer needed for education or training.
  • The specimen is not needed for conservation breeding or propagation by the exporting country.
  • If possible, the specimen comes from a captive animal or an artificially propagated plant.
  • For education or training involving a live animal, the animal is held in a way that is known to result in minimal stress and risk of injury to the animal.
  • In the case of education or training in which an animal is killed, the killing is done in a way that is generally accepted to minimise pain and suffering.
  • For a specimen listed as a threatened species, the export is not inconsistent with any recovery plan for the species.
  • For a live export of a koala, platypus, wombat or Tasmanian devil, or an animal of an eligible listed threatened species, the exporter, the importer and the federal environment department enter into an agreement about the treatment and disposal of the animal and/or any progeny of the animal.

Export of koalas, kangaroos, wombats, Tasmanian devils, wallabies and nationally threatened species

Specific conditions apply to the export of koalas, kangaroos, wombats, Tasmanian devils, wallabies and nationally threatened species.