Live Freshwater Fish

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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and animal products into Tasmania were fully enacted under the Tasmanian Biosecurity Act 2019, (replacing the now repealed Animal Health Act 1995).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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​​​​Live freshwater fish may only be imported in accordance with the conditions established under the:

  General Authority for the Importation of Live Freshwater Fish   (84Kb)

In addition, only those species listed on the Inland Fisheries Permissible Fish List are allowed entry under this General Authority, and all fish must be accompanied by a completed Certificate for the Importation of Live Freshwater Fish into Tasmania (Declaration by Consignor):

  Permissible Fish List   (366Kb)​

  Certificate for the Importation of Live Freshwater Fish into Tasmania (Declaration by Consignor)   (93Kb)

Persons who are not Registered as a Fish Dealer with IFS may not import freshwater fish into Tasmania without an appropriate permit issued by the Director of Inland Fisheries.

The following fish species are prohibited in Tasmania and must not be imported:

Any species listed as a:

Controlled Species under the Inland Fisheries Act 1995 (Inl​and Fisheries (Controlled Fish) Order 2015), or a

Noxious Fish under the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995(Fisheries (General and Fees) Regulations 2016.

>> It is the importer's responsibility to check these lists before importing any fish to Tasmania. <<

Live Freshwater Invertebrates – The same rules apply for importation of Live Freshwater Invertebrates as for Live Freshwater Fish. Contact the Inland F​isheries Service for more information.

Live Goldfish
– Imports of goldfish into Tasmania may only occur from premises that have a Disease Management Plan approved by the Tasmanian Chief Veterinary Officer, and who also hold a valid Individual Per​mit to import goldfish. Further enquiries should be directed to email ​


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

Inland Fisheries Service
17 Back River Road
New Norfolk TAS 7140
Phone: 6165 3808