Animals allowed unrestricted entry


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and animal products into Tasmania were fully enacted under the Tasmanian Biosecurity Act 2019, (replacing the now repealed Animal Health Act 1995).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):

 Tasmanian Animal Biosecurity Manual (PDF 1Mb)​​​​​​​​​​​​

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

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The animals listed on this page may be imported into Tasmania (alive or dead) without specific entry requirements under the Biosecurity Act 2019 (previously the now repealed Animal Hea​lth ​Act 1995​), ​other than those exceptions (nos. 1 - 8) listed towards the bottom of this page.

In Sn. 32 of the Nature Conservation Act 2002 a 'controlled animal' means:
(a) a mammal, bird, amphibian and reptile; and
(b) any other animal prescribed by the Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulations 2021 to be a controlled animal - but does not include any restricted animal, dog, cat or domestic stock.
Import requirements for a wide range of live controlled animals can be found in the document Requirements for importing and keeping wildlife in Tasmania​.

To apply for a Permit to Import Wildlife (alive), or for further information about import conditions that apply to importing live controlled animals, please contact Wildlife Services on email​ or tel. 03 6165 4305.

​All imported live animals must be healthy.
Arthropods (invertebrates) must be transported in a soil-free medium.

  • Cage birds6
  • Carcases8 or parts of carcases from farm animals, poultry, birds, and game species killed in Australia, including tanned and untanned8 hides / skins, raw or cooked meat / meat products, and carcases raw or taxidermied (but excluding Farmed Fish​ and raw/untanned Fo​​​​x​​es).
  • Cats​
  • Domestic ducks6
  • Domestic fowls and their products
  • Domestic geese6
  • Emus5,6
  • Equidae - horses, donkeys, mules, ponies,​ (zebras6)
  • Fertile eggs (except those of fish)
  • Grouse6
  • Guinea fowl6
  • Guinea p​igs
  • Invertebrates dead as either preserved or unpreserved specimens (eg., beetles, bugs, butterflies, moths, spiders, etc.)
  • Invertebrates dead (marine/saltwater) including shellfish either fresh or frozen ('seafood') [except abalone (Haliotis sp.), mussels (Mytilus sp.), clams (Donsinia sp.) and oysters (Ostrea sp., Crassostrea sp. or Saccostrea sp.)] ​ 1, 2, 3
  • Mammalian ova and embryos (except those from cattle)
  • Mice
  • Ostriches6
  • Partridges6
  • Peafowl6
  • Pheasants6
  • Pigeons6
  • Quail6
  • Rabbits4
  • Rats6
  • Semen other than bovine semen
  • Table eggs
  • Turkeys6

    The following invertebrates may be imported live without restriction:

    ​Scientific Name ​Common Name
    ​Aceria sp.​Boneseed leaf buckle mite
    ​Acheta domesticus​House cricket
    Agonopterix umbellana​Gorse soft shoot moth
    ​Amythus sp.​Gardener's friend worm
    ​Anchiale briareus​Strong stick insect
    Aphelinus abdominalis, Aphelinus colemani, Aphelinus ervi and mixtures of the preceding.​​Aphid parasite, Aphid parasite mix, Aphelinus, Colemani, Ervi, Lucerne aphid parasite.
    ​Aphidius ervi​Lucerne aphid parasite
    ​Aphidius rhopalosiphi​Cereal aphid parasite
    ​Aphidius rosae​Rose aphid parasite
    Aphidius sonchi​Sow thistle aphid parasite
    Aphytis lepidosaphes​Mussel scale parasite
    Aphytis melinus or Aphytis lingnanensis​Red scale parasite, Aphytis
    ​Artemia sp.​Brine shrimps
    ​Austrosipyloidea carterus​Black-striped stick insect
    ​Beregama aurea​Golden huntsman
    Beregama cordata​Fire-back huntsman
    ​Bombyx mori​Silkworm
    ​Bubas spp. including B. bison and B. bubalus​Dung beetle
    ​Calliphora stygia​Blowfly
    ​Candovia annulata​Banded-legged stick insect
    Chilocorus baileyi​Oriental scale predator
    Chilocorus circumdatus​Whitelouse scale predator
    Cigarrophasma tessellatum​​Cigar stick insect
    Coccinella transversalis​Transverse ladybird
    Coenobita variabilis​Australian land hermit crab
    ​Copidosoma koehleri​Potato tuber moth egg parasite
    ​Cryptolaemus montrouzieri​Mealybug ladybird
    ​Dalotia coriaria​Rove beetle, Dalotia
    ​Danaus plexippus​Wanderer/Monarch butterfly
    ​Dermestes maculatus​Hide beetle
    ​Diadegma semiclausum​Diamondback moth parasite, Diadegma
    Dilocrosis brownii​Flower scarab beetle
    ​Eisenia andrei​Red tiger worm
    ​Eisenia fetida​Tiger worm, red wriggler
    Eisenia hortensis/Dendrobaena veneta​European nightcrawler
    Encarsia formosa​Greenhouse whitefly parasite, Encarsia
    Endoxyla encalypti​Wattle goat moth
    Ephestia kuehniella​Mediterranean flour moth, Nesidiocoris Food
    Eretmocerus warrae​Greenhouse whitefly parasite, Eretmocerus
    ​Eudrilus eugenia​African night crawler worm
    ​Euoniticellus spp.​Dung beetle
    Euseius victoriensis​Victoriensis mite
    ​Extatosoma tiaratum​Spiny leaf insect
    ​Galleria mellonella​Larger wax moth
    Harmonia conformis​​Common spotted ladybird
    Helix aspersa​Common garden snail
    Hemipharis insularis​Flower scarab beetle
    ​Hermetia illucens​Black soldier fly
    Heterorhabditis bacteriophora​Black vine weevil nematode
    Heterorhabditis zealandica​African black beetle nematode
    ​Hierodula majuscula​Giant rainforest mantis
    Hippodamia variegata​Spotted amber ladybird
    Hypoaspis aculeifer​Hypoaspis mite, Killer mite
    Hypoaspis aculeifer and Hypoaspis miles​Hypo mix
    ​Hypoaspis miles​Hypoaspis mite
    Leptomastix dactylopii​Wasp
    ​Liatongus spp.​Dung beetle
    Locusta migratoria​Migratory locust
    ​Lucilia sericata​Green blowfly
    ​Lumbricus rubellas​Red earthworm
    Macropanesthia rhinoceros​Giant burrowing cockroach
    ​Mallada signata​Green lacewing
    ​Mastrus ridens​Codling moth parasitoid wasp
    Metaphycus sp.​Wasp
    ​Micromus tasmaniae​Brown lacewing
    Mogulones geographicus​Paterson's curse root weevil
    ​Mogulones larvatus​Paterson's curse crown weevil
    Musca domestica​Housefly
    Nauphoeta cinerea​Speckled cockroach, Lobster roach
    Neoseiulus californicus or Neoseiulus wearnei​Predatory mite, Two-spotted mite predator, Californicus
    ​Neoseiulus cucumeris​Predatory mite, Cucumeris mite
    Nesidiocoris tenuis​Nesidiocoris, Tomato bug, Tomato mirid
    ​Onchestus rentzi​Crowned stick insect
    ​Onitis spp.​Dung beetle
    ​Onthophagus spp. including O. vacca​Dung beetle
    Orgilus lepidus​Potato tuber moth parasite
    Orius armatus or Orius tantillus​Pirate bug, Orius tantillus
    Parapodacanthus hasenpuschorum​Spine-collared phasmid
    ​Perionix excavatus​Blue tiger worm
    ​Phyllium monteithi​Australian leaf insect
    Phyto​seiulus persimilis​Predatory mite, Persimilis mite
    Sipyloidea gracilipes​Graceful-winged stick insect
    Sipyloidea larryi​Hurricane Larry stick insect
    Steinernema carpocapsae​Nematode
    ​Steinernema feltiae​Fungus gnat nematode
    Tenebrio molitor​Mealworm
    Tenebrio obscurus​Dark mealworm
    ​Tricaulax macleayi​Flower scarab beetle
    Tricaulax philipsii​Grey-furrowed rose-chafer
    Trichogramma carverae​Wasp
    Trichogramma pretiosum​Wasp
    Tropidoderus gracilifemur​Graceful stick insect
    Typhlodromips montdorensis​Montdorensis mite
    Typhlodromus occidentalis​Mite, Occidentalis
    ​Xylotrupes gideonElephant beetle​



    1. Applies to all invertebrate (marine) 'seafood' species (for example: shellfish such as scallops, and crustaceans such as prawns), other than abalone (Haliotis sp.), mussels (Mytilus sp.), clams (Dosinia sp.) and oysters (Ostrea sp., Crassostrea sp., or Saccostrea sp.).
      Crustaceans are considered live if they show any movement when warmed to room temperature.
      Shellfish are considered dead if they have be​en shucked or frozen and conversely live if no shell has been removed and they are not frozen. A Special Authority will be required when importing abalone from any state or territory; also for mussels, clams and oysters originating from NSW or regions known to be infected by oyster herpes virus.
      Dead oysters, mussels and clams originating from other states will require a Declaration by Consignor regarding their origin:

       Dead Aquatic Mollusc - Declaration of Origin (PDF 439Kb)

      Finfish products may only be imported if they are not listed in Schedule 1 of the General Authority in respect to the importation of non-viable fish and fish material:

       General Authority Importation o​f Non-Viable Fish and Fish Material (PDF 309Kb)

    2. All live freshwater vertebrates and invertebrates (apart from goldfish) require a permit under the Inland Fisheries Act 1995 from the Director of Inland Fisheries to enter Tasmania.
      All freshwater crayfish or yabby (alive and DEAD) are banned by the Inland Fisheries Act 1995 (for the full list of species go to the Inland Fisheries (Controlled Fish) Order 2015​).
      Contact the Inland Fisheries Service on tel. (03) 6165 3808 or email ​for more information.

    3. All rock lobster of the genus Jasus and Sagmariasus, need to conform to the Tasmanian rock lobster fishery rules under the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995 and the Fisheries (Ro​​​ck Lobster) Rules 2011​This includes possession limits, size limits, females with eggs (in berry) tagging and marking, and docketing arrangements. This includes rock lobster of the genus Jasus and Sagmariasus that has been legally caught or purchased through a retail or wholesale establishment in another State and/or has been imported from another country.
      Please contact the Licensing Administration Branch on (03) 6165 3035 for further advice.

      Note: the Western Australian lobster is from the genus Panulirus and therefore the Tasmanian rock lobster fishery rules do not apply.

    4. The Vermin Control Act 2000 prohibits the introduction of live rabbits into any island in Tasmanian waters, except the Tasmanian mainland and Bruny Island.

    5. The keeping of emus in Tasmania is regulated by the Animal Farming (Registration) Act 1994 and the Animal Farming (Registration) Regulations 2015, which list emus (Dromaius novaehollandiae) as a 'prescribed animal'.
      - Up to and including four (4) emus may be kept without registration.
      - To be registered to keep five (5) or more emus, or for further information about registration, please contact
      Further information on emu welfare and husbandry can be found on ​our webpage Animal Welfare Guidelines - Emus or in the Animal Welfare Guidelines - Husbandry of Captive Bred Emus.​​
      For information about conditions that apply to the importation of emus into Tasmania please contact Wildlife Services on email​ or tel. 03 6165 4305.

    6. Importation of many wildlife & native species (alive only) may also be affected by the Nature Conservation Act 2002, which governs the importation and keeping of wildlife in Tasmania. If you wish to import any live animal that is not classified as domestic dog, domestic cat or domestic stock (see schedule 7 of the Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulations 2021 for a definition of 'domestic stock'), please contact Wildlife Services on email​ to enquire if you need to lodge an Application​ for a Wildlife Import Permit. This may be in addition to any other import requirements listed on this website.

    7. 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 of the Plant Biosecu​rity Manual Ta​smania 

       Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania (PDF 4Mb)

      or go to the webpage Plant B​iosecurity Man​ual Tasmania.

    8. Animal carcases (untreated / raw) and untanned hides and skins of unrestricted 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 (if 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​).​​​


    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
    HOBART TAS 7001
    Phone: 03 6165 4305

    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