Animals that can be imported with entry requirements


On 17 May 2023, all requirements and conditions for importing animals and animal products into Tasmania were fully enacted under the Tasmanian Biosecurity Act 2019, (replacing the now repealed Animal Health Act 1995).

These import requirements and conditions can now be found within one easy to access document, the Tasmanian Animal Biosecurity Manual (TABM):

Please make a note of the address for this new Manual, as the webpage you are currently viewing is scheduled to be archived.

Please contact Biosecurity Tasmania for further information on tel. 03 6165 3777, or email

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Import conditions by species​​​​​​

Select a species to find import conditions with which you must comply and appropriate paperwork that must be completed. Some animals (listed here marked with an asterisk*) may be imported without import conditions under the Biosecurity Act 2019 (previously the now repealed Animal Hea​lth ​Act 1995​), however restrictions may still apply under other legislation.

Alpaca, other South American camelids, and Camels

Bees and apiary products

Biological control agents

Bovine (cattle ova, embryos and semen)

Fish and Fish Products
Preserved specimens



Rats / Mice*

Sheep (including from Flinders Island)

Vaccines and diagnostic reagents:​

The document below outlines the requirements for importing and keeping wildlife in Tasmania (this replaces Importing and Keeping Birds in Tasmania):

  Requirements for Importing and Keeping Wildlife in Tasmania   (607Kb)​

The Biosecurity Act 2019 does not replace import controls enacted under other Tasmanian legislation, for example:​

Importa​​nt additional information

  • All entry conditions published on this website must be observed. There are heavy penalties for importing animals, disease agents or restricted materials contrary to the prescribed entry conditions.

  • Where there is no permit published on this website, prior to importation you may apply for an Individual Permit from the Chief Veterinary Officer by emailing a completed Application for Individual Permit to

     Application for Individual Permit (PDF 232Kb)

    ​The application will be considered and an Individual Permit to import may be granted if considered safe to do so. You may be charged an application fee for this service.

    Animals and necessary paperwork must be presented for inspection upon arrival in Tasmania. A fee will be charged for this inspection.

  • Plant biosecurity conditions apply to any non-forage or cereal crop / general paddock straw, hay, silage and chaff which will not be accepted for livestock feed or bedding during transport to Tasmania due to the weed seed entry risk presented. (Fodder sourced from a leguminous forage crop such as oats or Lucerne may be permitted in certain instances, e.g. for horses with dietary/GIT disease history.)

    For further details see section 2.12, Plant Bio​security Manual Tasmania:

     Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania (PDF 4Mb)

  • Animal carcases (untreated rawand untanned hides and skins of restricted species:
    - upon arrival in Tasmania the animal matter must be free from contamination with soil, weed seeds, extraneous plant material, and insect infestation; and

    ​- ​on the outside of the packaging must be a clear description of the contents (common and scientific names); and

    - contact details of both supplier and importer; and

    - purpose of importation; and

    - be accompanied by a copy of any Government approvals issued for the removal of the animal/s from their place of origin and/or for their importation into Tasmania (as relevant).

    Upon request, consignments must be presented to a Biosecurity Tasmania Inspector for inspection at an approved place.

    Check with your freight / courier company for requirements that may apply to the type of packaging required to transport untreated / raw (e.g. frozen) animal carcases.

    Note: DEAD animals, birds, game ​species (including fo​​​​x​​es) that have been taxidermied are allowed unrestricted entry into Tasmania from other Australian States and Territories (excluding farmed fish​).​​​

​See also:


Biosecurity Tasmania (Biosecurity) Enquiries
13 St. Johns Avenue
New Town TAS 7008
Phone: 03 6165 3777
Fax: 03 6173 0225

Wildlife Services
GPO Box 44
Phone: 03 6165 4305

Animal Disease Enquiries
13 St Johns Avenue
New Town TAS 7008
Phone: 03 6165 3777