Importing Animals into Tasmania

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Tasmania has controls over the importation of animals, disease agents, biosecurity matter and carriers from other States or Territories. These controls are enacted under the Biosecurity Act 2019 (previously the now repealed Animal Health ​Act 1995​).

These import requirements and conditions can be found within one easy to access document, the Tas​manian Animal Biosecurity M​anual (TABM):

 Tasmanian Animal Biosecurity Manual (PDF 1Mb)

It is a condition of entry that all animals are healthy on arrival. 

Livestock known to be in their final trimester of pregnancy, or showing signs of advanced pregnancy, should not be transported across Bass Strait. Animal welfare requirements for the transport of livestock across Bass Strait are outlined in the document Animal Welfare Guidelines - Transport of Livestock On Bass Strait, including the Animal Welfare declaration that must be signed by the transporter and master of the ves​​​​​​sel. See also Animal Health Australia's information on Stock Trac​​eability.

​Animals and necessary paperwork must be presented to an authorised Biosecurity Officer upon arrival in Tasmania. 

Inspection fees may apply.

In this topic

  • Horses
    Transportation requirements for horses arriving in Tasmania by sea. For the full list of biosecurity and importation requirements relating to horse importations please refer to the Tasmanian Animal Biosecurity Manual.
  • Dogs
    Entry requirements for importing dogs into Tasmania.

See also:  

Wildlife Imp​orts

Wildlife E​xports

For further information:​


Biosecurity Tasmania (Biosecurity) Enquiries

13 St. Johns Avenue,
New Town, TAS, 7008.
Fax: 03 6173 0225

Animal Disease Enquiries

13 St Johns Avenue,
New Town, TAS, 7008.