Importing or exporting wildlife for exhibition purposes

Australia strictly controls trade in:

Import or export of specimens may be permitted if they will be for exhibition, including display at zoos.

Permits for exhibition 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
Email: wildlifetrade@environment.gov.au

First time permits for Zoological organisations

If you have not previously been issued with a permit for exhibition you may be required to complete additional forms. See Application for assessment as a recognised zoological organisation for the purposes import and export of wildlife to and from Australia.


A permit may only be granted where it is demonstrated that you and/or your organisation can satisfy the following requirements:

  • The exhibition presents information with a cultural, scientific or conservation content.
  • If the specimen is a live animal, it does not belong to a CITES Appendix I species.
  • The specimen will not be used for commercial purposes after it is no longer needed for exhibition.
  • The specimen is not needed for conservation breeding or propagation by the exporting country.
  • If possible, the specimen comes from a captive animal or artificially propagated plant.
  • 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.