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Exporting goods not prescribed in legislation

​​​​What is a Non-Prescribed Good

The Export Control Act 1982 defines prescribed goods. Any goods not defined as prescribed under the Act are deemed to be non-prescribed goods.

Examples of prescribed goods are:

  • milk and dairy products
  • live animals
  • fish and fish products
  • plants and plant products
  • eggs and egg products
  • meat and meat products
  • grains
  • animal food (frozen raw meat)
  • organic produce
  • fresh fruit and vegetables
  • pharmaceuticals (raw animal material).

Non-prescribed goods are all other goods. These include, but are not limited to, animal by-products, wool, skins and hides, inedible blood, rendered meats, pet food, processed foods, honey, cosmetics, nutritional supplements and rendered fats and oils.

Some products fall into unexpected categories; for example, ice-cream is deemed to be a non-prescribed good rather than a dairy product.

How the department can assist

The department can assist you with exporting non prescribed goods if the importing country requires certification from us. It is the responsibility of the exporter to obtain the importing country requirements e.g. import permit or accredited copy of importing country requirements. The importer should be able to assist you with obtaining these requirements. The information must be provided to the department by the exporter. Supporting documentation will be required should any endorsements be required on the certificate. Audits may need to be carried out for some commodities. Your business name and your commodity may need to be listed on our database and/or the importing country’s database before you can export particular items to some specific countries.

Note that some countries do not accept post departure certification. If your commodity is detained after exporting you will need to provide us with written documentation from the importing country authority giving the reason why it is detained and the requirements for its release. In certain circumstances we may not be able to assist you.

For further information on exporting non-prescribed goods please see the ‘Non-Prescribed Goods Guidelines’ tab on the left hand side of the screen.

To contact the National Non-Prescribed Goods Program in Canberra, please email NPG Exports.

Legislation - The Export Control Act 1982, the Export Control (Prescribed Goods—General) Order 2005 provide the legal framework for both Prescribed and Non Prescribed Goods.

Exporters must meet both the requirements of the Act and its subordinate legislation and any importing country requirements to enable the department to provide the necessary documentation for commodities to be exported.


Australian Food and Grocery Council
Australian Hide Skin and Leather Exporters Association Ltd
Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
Australian Renderers Association Inc
Petfood Industry Association of Australia
Therapeutic Goods Administration