Bringing or mailing goods to Australia

Certain food, plant material and animal items from overseas could introduce serious pests and diseases into Australia, devastating our valuable agriculture and tourism industries and unique environment.

This information covers bringing or mailing personal items to Australia--for your use or the use of family and friends. You still need to declare the items below for inspection by Department of Agriculture officers.

If you wish to bring or mail commercial items to Australia please refer to the ​​import section of this website.

Declare it

When travelling to Australia you will be provided with an Incoming Passenger Card by the crew on your aircraft or cruise vessel. This is a legal document. You must mark YES on your card to declare if you are carrying certain food, plant material or animal items. You can take these declared items with you to the clearance point where they will be assessed by a Department o​f Agriculture officer. Alternatively, you can dispose of food, plant material or animal items in bins located in the terminal.

When sending mail to Australia, accurately declare the contents of your package on the postal declaration label.

Click on the item you would like to bring or mail to Australia

Food and drink

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Biscuits,  bread, cakes, Christmas cake, Christmas pudding

The following products are allowed into Australia:

  • biscuits, if fully cooked and shelf stable
  • breads, if fully cooked, shelf stable and contain no meat
  • cakes (excluding cheesecakes—see below) if fully cooked and shelf stable.

Cheesecakes

Cheesecakes are permitted if they are:

  • brought for personal consumption
  • from approved FMD-free countries only (see list under Dairy items)
  • fully finished (ready for human consumption without the need for further processing, additional ingredients or cooking).

Dairy-based fillings and toppings do not need to have been cooked with the product.

Coffee/coffee beans

Roasted coffee beans and ground, roasted coffee is allowed into Australia from any country if in clean and new packaging and free from live insects and other contamination.

Green coffee beans are not allowed into Australia unless accompanied by an import permit.

Kopi Luwak/Civet coffee, including whole beans, ground, or for instant use is allowed into Australia, provided that:

  • the beans, or the beans from which the product is made have been roasted
  • the product is commercially prepared and packaged
  • the product is imported in an amount up to 1 kilogram
  • the product is for the personal consumption of the person wishing to import it.

Coffee/coffee beans that do not meet the above import conditions must be exported from Australia or destroyed. Export costs are at the importer’s expense.

Confectionery

Confectionery (excluding Indian milk-based desserts and sweets) is allowed into Australia. Confectionery includes chocolate, fudge, toffees, boiled sweets, peppermints, marshmallows and liquorice. It does not include liquid dairy desserts, spreads or drinks, which are covered under Dairy items.

Dairy items/infant formula

Dairy items

Dairy items (including cheese) are allowed into Australia if the product is:

  • manufactured in one of the countries specified on the Department of Agriculture Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) Approved Country List
  • commercially prepared and packaged
  • intended for human consumption only
  • imported in an amount up to 10 kilograms (solid), 10 litres (liquid),  2 kilograms (dried) or 2 litres (concentrated liquid).
Department of Agriculture FMD approved country lis
Austria IcelandPoland
BelgiumIndonesiaPortugal
Bosnia and HerzegovinaIrelandRomania
CanadaItalySerbia
CroatiaJapanSingapore
CyprusLatviaSlovakia
Czech RepublicLithuaniaSlovenia
DenmarkLuxembourgSpain
EstoniaMaltaSweden
FranceMexicoSwitzerland
FinlandMontenegroUnited Kingdom
Former Yugoslavia Republic of MacedoniaNetherlandsUnited States of America
GreeceNew CaledoniaVanuatu
GermanyNorway 
HungaryNew Zealand 

Dairy products from countries not on the Department of Agriculture FMD approved country list can be imported if they meet the following conditions. The product must be:

  • shelf stable (does not require refrigeration)
  • commercially prepared and packaged
  • imported in an amount up to 1 kilogram or 1 litre
  • for the personal consumption of the person wishing to import it
  • not otherwise prohibited by a notice on the Department of Agriculture website.

Infant formula

Milk-based infant foods (e.g. infant formula, toddler formula or baby food) are allowed into Australia from any country, providing that they are:

  • shelf stable
  • commercially prepared and packaged
  • for the personal use of infants under the care of the person wishing to import the product
  • accompanied into Australia by the person importing it in an amount up to 5 kilograms or 5 litres
  • not accompanied into Australia by the person importing it in an amount up to 1 kilogram or 1 litre.

Bottles of pre-prepared infant formula accompanying an infant are also permitted. A single opened can/tin of milk-based foods for infants is also allowed when accompanying an infant, however all other cans/tins must be unopened.

Individual beverage sachets

Dairy based beverage items (e.g. coffee or flavouring as an ingredient) are allowed into Australia from any country, if the product is:

  • commercially prepared and packaged
  • presented as an individual sachet
  • for instant use
  • shelf stable
  • for the personal consumption of the person importing the item (whether personally or by post)
  • imported in an amount up to 2 kilograms or 2 litres.

Multiple individual sachets are permitted within a larger package, provided that each sachet in the larger package is an individual serving.

Items with less than 10% dairy ingredient

Commercially prepared and packaged items where each individually packaged unit contains less than 10% dairy product by dry weight (other than any added water) are allowed into Australia from any country, provided the percentage is indicated on the label.

Fish (not including salmon or trout)

Consumer ready finfish (including smoked, dried, canned)

An import permit is not required for non-salmonid finfish and finfish products which:

  • are able to be stored at room or ambient temperature
  • do not require refrigeration or freezing before the package is open
  • are for the personal consumption of the person wishing to import it.

The product may be inspected on arrival to ensure compliance with the above conditions. Where consignments do not comply with all points above, the consignment must be destroyed.

Fresh or home cooked fish from New Zealand only

An import permit is not required for non-commercial consignments of non-salmonid finfish from New Zealand for human consumption providing that:

  • the fish is accompanied into Australia by the person importing it
  • it is imported in an amount up to 5 kilograms.

For unaccompanied consignments and consignments of greater than 5 kilograms, the commercial conditions must be met.

Fish from all countries (except New Zealand)

An import permit is not required for non-commercial consignments of non-salmonid finfish provided that:

  • the fish is accompanied into Australia by the person importing it
  • is imported in an amount up to 5 kilograms
  • is eviscerated (gilled and gutted) or processed further than evisceration
  • the product is for human consumption only.

For unaccompanied consignments (including by international mail) and consignments of greater than 5 kilograms, the import conditions must be met.

Please note that these conditions are for human consumption only. If the fish is being used for aquaculture, bait or animal food an import permit is required.

These conditions apply to the importation from all countries (other than New Zealand) of non-salmonid finfish that have had the gills and viscera (gut) removed (eviscerated finfish) and further processed product that does not meet the Department of Agriculture's specifications for consumer ready product.

Fish (salmonid species including salmon and trout)

Canned Salmon Products

An import permit is not required for the importation of commercially manufactured and retorted salmon products. The products must be in cans, jars or retort pouches and must not require refrigeration or freezing to maintain quality.

Retorted means heated in an unopened hermetically sealed container for a time, and to a temperature, by superheated steam under pressure, sufficient to render the contents commercially sterile.

Hermetically sealed means airtight; completely sealed from the atmosphere, so that when sealed it does not allow microorganisms or any other material to enter it.

Consignments will be subject to inspection to ensure that the product has been commercially manufactured and retorted.
Consignments that do not comply with the above requirements must be exported or destroyed.

Uncanned salmon

An import permit is not required provided that the salmon product is:

  • consumer ready (except roe or caviar); and
  • commercially prepared and packaged; and
  • in an amount of up to 5 kilograms and accompanied into Australia by the person importing it; or
  • an amount of up to 450 grams and not accompanied into Australia by the person importing it.

Consumer-ready product is defined as product that is ready for the householder to cook/consume and includes:

  • cutlets, including the central bone and external skin but excluding fins, each cutlet weighing no more than 450 grams
  • skinless fillets, excluding the belly flap and all bone except the pin bones, of any weight
  • skin-on fillets, excluding the belly flap and all bone except the pin bones, each fillet weighing no more than 450 grams
  • eviscerated, headless ‘pan-size’ fish, each fish weighing no more than 450 grams
  • fish that is headless and eviscerated which has been salted, dried or smoked
  • product that is processed further than all of the stages above.

Honey items

Commercially prepared and packaged honey items will be inspected by a Department of Agriculture officer on arrival into Australia. Non-commercially prepared and packaged honey items must be inspected to confirm the honey items are free from contamination.

Items that do not meet these conditions must be exported from Australia (at the importer’s expense) or destroyed.

Western Australia currently has a higher quarantine status for bees and bee products. As such, items imported into Western Australia must meet Western Australia State quarantine entry requirements. Importers should contact the Western Australia Agriculture Department at followup@agric.wa.gov.au. Passengers arriving at ports outside of Western Australia should be aware that Western Australia has State quarantine entry requirements which will also apply should they travel domestically to Western Australia.

Meat items

Uncanned meat from New Zealand

Uncanned New Zealand meat sourced from sheep, cattle, goat, antelope, deer (including deer velvet), elk, moose, horse, donkey, mule, camel, alpaca, reptile, possum, rabbit, hare and llama are allowed into Australia if the products are:

  • clearly labelled as a product of New Zealand not of pork or avian origin
  • for the personal consumption of the importer.

Items that do not meet these conditions must be exported from Australia or destroyed or an import permit must be obtained prior to importation. Export costs are at the importer’s expense.

Uncanned meat from all other countries

Uncanned meats (includes vacuum sealed items) are not allowed into Australia unless accompanied by an import permit.

Jerky

An import permit is not required for jerky/biltong intended for human consumption only, provided the product is:

  • shelf stable
  • commercially prepared and packaged
  • imported in an amount up to 1 kilogram
  • for the personal consumption of the person wishing to import it.

Meat jerky/biltong (other than from avian meat) must be manufactured in one of the countries specified on the Department of Agriculture FMD Approved Country List.

The product may be inspected on arrival to ensure compliance with the above conditions.

Where consignments do not comply with points above the consignment must be exported or destroyed.

Department of Agriculture FMD approved country list
Austria IcelandPoland
BelgiumIndonesiaPortugal
Bosnia and HerzegovinaIrelandRomania
CanadaItalySerbia
CroatiaJapanSingapore
CyprusLatviaSlovakia
Czech RepublicLithuaniaSlovenia
DenmarkLuxembourgSpain
EstoniaMaltaSweden
FranceMexicoSwitzerland
FinlandMontenegroUnited Kingdom
Former Yugoslavia Republic of MacedoniaNetherlandsUnited States of America
GreeceNew CaledoniaVanuatu
GermanyNorway 
HungaryNew Zealand 

Meat floss

An import permit is not required for meat floss, provided that the product is:

  • for the personal use of the importer
  • commercially manufactured
  • imported in an amount up to 2 kilograms
  • very finely shredded.

The product may be inspected on arrival to ensure compliance with the above conditions.

Canned meat

Commercially canned or retortable meat items are allowed into Australia subject to inspection. The items must be hermetically sealed in metal cans, retort pouches or glass jars that do not require refrigeration to maintain quality.

Canned or retortable items are sealed containers that are:

  • made of metal, glass or other material
  • hermetically sealed
  • heat treated (retorted) in that container so that no refrigeration is required.

Retorted means the container has been heated under pressure in an unopened hermetically sealed container for a time and temperature to render the contents sterile.

Hermetically sealed means the container is airtight so that it does not allow micro organisms or any other material to enter

Retortable pouches are currently approved by Department of Agriculture and are subject to the same entry requirements as canned commodities. These pouches are distinct from vacuum packs which must be treated as uncanned product.

Differences between a retortable pouch and a vacuum pack
Retortable pouch Vacuum pack
Constructed from laminated plastic and aluminium foilConstructed of nylon/plastic laminates
Metallic to the touchNot metallic to the touch
Refrigeration not required until openedUsually requires refrigeration prior to opening

Noodles and pasta

Noodles or pasta containing plant ingredients only

Noodles or pasta that are commercially manufactured and packaged and contain only ingredients of plant origin are permitted and do not need to be inspected.

Noodles/pasta that are not commercially prepared and packaged should be inspected. If biosecurity risk material is found, the goods will be destroyed.

Noodles/pasta containing egg and/or meat ingredients

Commercially manufactured and commercially packaged noodles that contain meat or egg (including discernable pieces) are permitted, provided that the noodles are: 

  • for instant use (in small portions, and fried or heat sealed for immediate reheating)
  • shelf stable
  • for the personal consumption of the person wishing to import the product (whether personally or by post).

Note: noodles may contain sachets of ‘flavouring’. The flavouring sachets are allowed if they are brought into Australia for personal use.

Nuts

Nuts are permitted into Australia as long as they are either:

  • commercially prepared and blanched or roasted or boiled nuts
  • commercially prepared, shelled and vacuum sealed
  • commercially prepared small confectionery tins sealed under vacuum
  • commercially prepared raw nuts with shell removed in quantity of less than 2 kilograms.

Prawns/shrimps

Uncooked prawns

Uncooked prawns are not allowed into Australia unless accompanied by an import permit.

Cooked prawns

Cooked prawns are allowed into Australia and must be inspected by a Department of Agriculture officer on arrival to ensure they are fully cooked, clean and free from live insects, soil and other contamination. Please note that blanched prawns are not allowed into Australia because the blanching process is not considered to be equivalent to cooking.
Cooked prawns must be accompanied by a specific health certificate* issued by the competent authority** of the country of origin stating:

  • The prawns have been cooked in premises in the exporting country that are approved by and under the control of the competent authority of the exporting country
  • As a result of the cooking process all the protein in the prawn meat has coagulated and no raw prawn meat remains.

* For details regarding the format of the health certificate accompanying the imported cooked prawns and lists of competent authorities** of exporting countries please refer to the import conditions.

Where items of whole cooked prawns/shrimp are not covered by valid documentation or the certificate is not in the correct format, amended documentation will be requested. If this is not possible the items must be treated, exported from Australia or destroyed. Treatment or export costs are at the importer’s expense.

Dried prawns/shrimp and shelf stable prawn based food products

Dried prawns and shelf stable prawn based food products are allowed into Australia and must be inspected by a Department of Agriculture officer on arrival to ensure they are dried and free from live insects, soil and other contamination. If the items are not dried or are contaminated they must be exported from Australia or destroyed. Export is at the importer’s expense.

For items that do not meet the above requirements an import permit must be obtained prior to importation.

Preserved fruit and vegetables

Commercially prepared and home-made preserved fruits and vegetables can be imported if they have been prepared using a method of preserving or pickling outlined below, and are contained in clean and new packaging.

Jam, chutneys and canned, bottled or preserved fruit and vegetables (with or without seeds) are allowed into Australia if they are:

  • preserved or pickled by an acceptable method as defined below; and/or
  • canned or aseptically packaged as defined below.

Acceptable methods of preserving/pickling fruits and vegetables are:

  • pickled in salt brine, vinegar, alcohol or sugar syrup
  • cured in salt or sugar
  • glacé crystallised or infused with/in sugar syrup (including but not limited to mixed peel, cranberries, tropical fruits)
  • canned or bottled in salt/sugar/vinegar/salt brine/alcohol or oil
  • boiled with sugar until gelled (jam or jelly).

Canned/aseptically packages include any item that has been commercially heat treated to make the contents sterile. The product must be shelf-stable for a minimum of six months. Container types may include:

  • metal cans
  • glass jars or bottles with ‘twist off’ lids or caps
  • plastic containers that have heat sealed lids or lids closed by a double seam (excludes those with snap or plastic lids)
  • retort pouches
  • thermoform-fill-seal containers, plastic cans, pouches or bags.

Each consignment will be inspected to check that the product meets these conditions. After inspection, all consignments that meet the above import conditions will be released. If a consignment does not meet these conditions, or the Department of Agriculture officers cannot verify the goods meet the conditions, the consignment will be destroyed.

Seafood (not including prawns/shrimp)

Oysters in full/half shell from all countries (excluding New Zealand)

Oysters in full or half shell are not permitted into Australia without an import permit.

Oysters in half shell (only) from New Zealand

An import permit is not required to import oysters in half shell from New Zealand.

The consignment must be inspected to confirm that the oysters are in a half shell (not full shell) and free from contamination and infestation. Consignments that meet these conditions will be released.

Oysters that are found to be in full shell or are not free from contamination and infestation must be destroyed.

Oyster - meat only

Commercially prepared and packaged oysters (shell not attached and meat only) are allowed into Australia. Items must be inspected by a Department of Agriculture officer to verify they contain oyster meat only.

Mussels, abalone, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, crabs and saltwater crayfish/lobsters

Mussels, abalone, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, crabs and saltwater crayfish/lobsters are allowed into Australia and must be inspected by a Department of Agriculture officer to ensure they are dead, clean and free from material such as plant materials, snails, oysters or other contamination.

If items are found to be contaminated or potentially viable, they must be destroyed.

Spices

Dried, ground spices and spice mixes weighing no greater than 1 kilogram are allowed into Australia. Spices and spice mixes consist of dried, ground plant material only. This will be verified by:

  • checking the label on each package
  • inspection
  • information provided by the importer.

All spice mixes must be in clean and new packaging.

Each item will be subject to an inspection to verify that it is free of seeds, live insects, soil and other contamination.

Spice mixes (including powdered herbs) may be released without inspection if the product is commercially prepared and in ready for sale retail packaging. All other consignments will be subject to an inspection to verify that it is free of seeds, live insects, soil and other quarantine risk material.

If an item does not meet all of the above conditions it must be treated, exported from Australia or destroyed. Treatment or export is at the importer’s expense.

Individual items of each product type weighing more than 1 kilogram must comply with the commercial import conditions.

Tea and dried herbs

Plain black or green teas and plain black or green teas with flavouring (essence)

These teas are allowed into Australia from any country, if the tea is in clean and new packaging and free of live insects and other contamination.

Herbal tea bags

Commercially prepared and packaged herbal tea bags are allowed into Australia if they are labelled and only contain ingredients of plant origin and are free of prohibited seed, animal, fungal or microbial ingredients and other contamination.

Loose herbal teas and dried herbs

Commercially prepared and packaged loose herbal teas and dried herbs which only contain finely chopped ingredients of plant origin and weigh no more that 1 kilogram are allowed into Australia.

Herbal teas and herbs that do not meet the above import conditions or contain prohibited or unidentified seeds, insects or soil must be treated, exported from Australia or destroyed. Treatment or export is at the importer’s expense.

Where herbal tea items exceed 1 kilogram refer to the import conditions. Where dried herbs exceed 1 kilogram refer the import conditions.

Vitamins, supplements and therapeutics for human use

Vitamins, supplements and therapeutics for human use are allowed into Australia if the product is:

  •  for human use. This may be supported by item labelling, an accompanying brochure, internet printout or a letter from a doctor.
  • brought to Australia by the person who intends to use it
  • brought in a quantity of no more than three months’ supply. Three months’ supply can be determined by:
    • label dosage advice
    • a letter in English from a medical practitioner, naturopath or alternative health provider
    • a statutory declaration by the importer stating that the item is for personal use only and is less than 3 months supply.
  • commercially prepared and packaged (e.g. capsules, tablets, vials for injection, liquid, powder, ointment). This includes commercially packaged probiotics (e.g. Lactobacillus, Bacillus subtilis and Bifidobacterium spp.).

If an item does not meet all of the above conditions it must be exported from Australia (at the importer’s expense) or destroyed.

For dietary supplements and natural medicines containing ingredients of plant origin please refer to the  import conditions.

For all consignments of products containing fungi (dried mushroom) including ganoderma, poriacocos and cordyceps refer to the import conditions.

For protein powders and supplements (e.g. performance enhancement supplements), refer to the import conditions.

For information on pharmaceutical products, including prescription medicines, please contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Souvenirs, household items and collectables

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Animal horns, teeth or bones

Animal horns, teeth or bones are allowed into Australia if they are:

  • clean and in new packaging
  • free from animal material, plant material, insects, soil, mud, clay or any other contamination.

If contamination is found on the items they must be treated or exported from Australia. Treatment or export is at the importer’s expense.

Animal horns or bones may be subject to Australian Government Department of Environment control under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Items known to be or considered to be covered by CITES will be referred to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service on arrival in Australia.

If you are unsure whether the item you wish to bring into Australia is of CITES concern you should contact the Australian Government Department of Environment on wildlifetrade@environment.gov.au.

Cosmetics (including soap and hair care products)

Cosmetic products may be imported without an import permit if the cosmetic:

  • is commercially manufactured and packaged and is for the personal use of the person wishing to import the item
  •  contains manufactured plant powders, extracts and plant oils
  • contains less than 20% by mass of material of animal origin (e.g. musk, civet or ambergris). For these purposes, lanolin is not considered to be material of animal origin.

Cosmetics containing mud must be commercially prepared and packaged and weigh less than 5 kilograms.
Cosmetics other than those listed above may require an import permit.

Feathers (including down jackets, sleeping bags, pillows and quilts)

Feathers and items containing feathers are allowed into Australia any country provided the feathers are clean and free from animal tissue. If animal tissue or infestation is found, the feathers or articles containing feathers must be treated, exported from Australia or destroyed. Treatment or export must be paid for by the importer.

Fur, leather hides or skin

Leather goods, hides, furs and skins are allowed into Australia if they have been effectively and fully tanned. This includes items such as animal skin (leather) purses, shoes, wallets and belts.

Animal skin floor mats, clothing and footwear must be inspected to confirm that the item is fully tanned and to ensure they are free from contamination (e.g. soil, faeces, feathers, insects, seeds, bark).

Hides, furs and skins which are insufficiently tanned must be treated according to the import conditions.

If an item does not meet the above conditions it must be treated, exported from Australia or destroyed. Treatment or export is at the importers expense.

Hides and fur may be subject to Australian Government Department of Environment control under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Items known to be or considered to be covered by CITES will be referred to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service on arrival in Australia.

If you are unsure whether the item you wish to bring into Australia is of CITES concern you should contact the Australian Government Department of Environment on wildlifetrade@environment.gov.au.

Seashells, sand, rocks or fossils

Seashells, sand, rocks and fossils are allowed into Australia if they are free from insects, soil, animal and plant material. The items must be inspected on arrival to ensure they are free from infestation and contamination. If items do not meet these import conditions they must be treated, exported from Australia or destroyed. Treatment or export is at the importer’s expense.

If the goods are identified as soil, an import permit will be required as outlined in the import conditions.

Some seashells (e.g. Queen Conch) may be subject to Australian Government Department of Environment control under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Items known to be or considered to be covered by CITES will be referred to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service on arrival in Australia.

If you are unsure whether the item you wish to bring into Australia is of CITES concern you should contact the Australian Government Department of Environment on wildlifetrade@environment.gov.au.

Seeds and live plants

Seeds can be sent or brought to Australia if they meet the following requirements:

  • Seeds must be on the Australian Government’s permitted seed list, and not otherwise prohibited from being imported into Australia.
  • Each shipment of permitted seeds must be clearly labelled in English with the full botanical name, genus and species.
  • Seeds must be free of live insects, soil, disease symptoms, prohibited seeds, other plant material (e.g. leaf, stem material, fruit pulp, pod material), animal material (e.g. animal faeces, feathers, etc.), and any other extraneous contamination of quarantine concern.
  • If the seeds require an import permit from the Department of Agriculture, sellers must sight a copy of the import permit to ensure that they can meet the conditions for sending seeds to Australia, and include a copy of the permit in the consignment.

For information about the specific seeds you wish to bring to Australia refer to the Department of Agriculture's Import Conditions (ICON) database. This database lists the import conditions under which various commodities may be brought into Australia. Using the ICON search facility, enter the botanical name of the seeds into the ‘Commodity’ field, insert the country of origin in the ‘From country’ field and select ‘Seeds for sowing’ in the ‘For end-use’ field. Then, click "search" and the database will return the results. If a Department of Agriculture import permit is required, or if any other specific conditions apply, ICON will specify this.

Seeds that do not meet the Department of Agriculture’s import requirements must be exported or destroyed at the importer’s expense.

Live plants must not be imported to Australia unless the importer has a valid import permit from the Department of Agriculture. Importers should have all documentation (import permit or import permit number, invoice, manufacturer’s declarations and certification where applicable) securely attached to the outside of the package and clearly marked ‘Attention: Biosecurity’.

Sports and hiking equipment

Fishing gear (excluding bait), camping and water sport/sporting equipment

Recreational and sporting equipment that has been used outside Australia can contain harmful diseases (e.g. Foot and Mouth) or invasive freshwater pests (e.g. Didymosphenia geminata also known as Didymo).

All fishing, camping and sporting equipment must be clean and dry when it arrives in Australia. If any of the following materials are found on an item, that item will need to be treated, exported from Australia or destroyed:

  • soil, mud or clay
  • animal  or faecal matter
  • plant matter such as straw, twigs, leaves, roots, bark or unidentified seeds.

Treatment or export of the item will at the importer’s expense.

Specific conditions for equipment used in freshwater

Equipment that has been used in freshwater lakes or rivers overseas will be inspected to check that they are:

  • clean and free from visible clumps of algae
  • completely dry.

Equipment not complying with these requirements or which cannot be inspected to verify that they are clean and completely dry will be required to undergo mandatory treatment, or be exported from Australia or destroyed.

Wooden Items

For the full list of import requirements refer to the import conditions.

Wooden items are allowed into Australia if they are free from bark, insects, signs of insect damage (such as borer holes) or any other contamination. To check for insect damage look closely at wooden items for holes and sawdust. Wooden items that do not meet these import conditions must be treated, exported from Australia or destroyed (at the importer’s expense).

Wooden articles must be declared on arrival. They require mandatory inspection and may require treatment if biosecurity risk material is found during inspection. Articles that cannot be treated will be seized and destroyed.

Import permits

You can apply for an import permit by submitting an application to Department of Agriculture. Applications are available on our website. Please note there are fees associated with applying for an import permit and applying does not automatically result in an import permit being issued.

Further information about bringing or mailing an item to Australia

Use the import conditions database (ICON) to find an answer to your query. You will need to know the name of the item you wish to bring or post, the country you are bringing/mailing it from and how the item will be used. ICON will indicate whether you will need an import permit or mandatory treatment.

Last reviewed:
17 Aug 2015