Macquarie Island Specimens

Specimens including animals or parts of animals may be imported into mainland Tasmania from Macquarie Island without further restriction if they are:

(a) Preserved in any of the following fixative solutions*:

(i) Methanol, ethanol, or isopropyl alcohol at a concentration of at least 70%,
(ii) Glutaraldehyde at a minimum concentration of 2.5%,
(iii) Formaldehyde at a concentration of at least 5%,
(iv) Osmium tetroxide at a minimum concentration of 1% (​electron microscopy only)​​,
(v) Bouin's Solution,

(vi) Steedman's Solution (plankton only),

(vii) Davidson's Fixative​​; or

(b) Consigned to a place for the performance of biosecurity approved by an Australian Government Agency under the Biosecurity Act 2015; or

(c) To be held in a secure premises approved by Biosecurity Tasmania while awaiting shipment out of Tasmania; or are

(d) Dead invertebrates.

Upon arrival in Tasmania each consignment must​ have on the outside of the packaging:

    • a clear description of the contents (common and scientific names), and
    • contact details of the importer, and
    • a copy of any documentation relevant to the approval of the collection and/or importation if applicable, and
    • no soil or plant material is to be within the consignment without approval.
    • Upon request consignments must be presented to a Biosecurity Tasmania Inspector for inspection at an approved place.
*Note: Use of RNALater as a preservative requires assessment on a case by case basis prior to import. Potential importers must lodge a completed Application for Special Authority to email​ for consideration by the Chief Veterinary Officer. Any approval to import will be under ​conditions specified within a Special Authority.

For information on importing animals or parts of animals as preserved specimens into Tasmania ​from other Australian States or Territories, please refer to the webpage ​Preserved Specimens​​.

For further information:​​​


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

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