Knowing what plants you can buy
If you’re purchasing goods online for your garden, especially seeds or unusual plants, you need to check whether they can be brought into Australia legally.
Imported plants and seeds can introduce exotic plant pests and diseases that could be harmful to Australia’s environment, agriculture and economy. To protect against this risk, the department sets conditions for the safe import of plants and seeds to Australia. Some plants and seeds may only be imported under an import permit granted by the department.
Before you place your order, check what you can and cannot bring in to Australia. You can use the department’s Biosecurity Import Conditions database (BICON) to search for information on particular goods and the conditions under which they can be imported. Alternatively, if you are unable to locate the required information on BICON you can submit an online
Passenger and Mail Import Enquiry form.