Importing Plants (Nursery Stock)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In addition to general requirements that apply to the import of all plants and plant products, there are a number of specific import requirements that apply to nursery stock, depending on the origin, species and type of nursery stock.

Nursery stock means plants in soil-less potting media, bulbs, corms and rhizomes and bare-rooted plants or cuttings (including budwood and scionwood), with or without leaves. It does not include tissue culture, cut flowers, seeds or bagged or bulk potting media.

Prospective importers should consult the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania to verify import requirements that apply and/or contact Biosecurity Tasmania for further information.

Import requirements that apply to ALL nursery stock:

  • Import Requirement 38 Nursery Stock

Import Requirements that may apply to nursery stock:

  • Import Requirement 10 - Grape Phylloxera - Hosts and vectors

  • Import Requirement 11 - Onion Smut and Iris Yellow Spot Tospovirus (IYSV) - Host and vectors

  • Import Requirement 15 - Red Imported Fire Ant - Carriers

  • Import Requirement 22 - Lupin Anthracnose Disease - Host and vectors

  • Import Requirement 27 - Chickpea Blight - Hosts and vectors

  • Import Requirement 29 - Plants and Plant Products, other than Potatoes, from Potato Cyst Nematode infested areas within Victoria

  • Import Requirement 33 - Hosts of Silverleaf Whitefly and Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus

  • Import Requirement 46 - Tomato Potato Psyllid - Hosts and Carriers

Tissue Culture

Plant tissue culture can only be imported into Tasmania in fully sealed, sterile flasks produced in commercial tissue culture facilities that have been declared to and endorsed by Biosecurity Tasmania, prior to import. Facilities can apply to Biosecurity Tasmania for endorsement of the declaration by completing and submitting the form found below. ​

Flasks or jars of tissue culture lines produced by non-commercial operators (such as home gardeners or private individuals) are not acceptable as tissue culture imports unless they have been issued an individual permit. 

In addition to the above, any import of plant tissue culture must also meet Tasmania's general and any other specific import requirements for plants and plant products. The flask must be properly sealed, not damaged, clean and clearly labelled or branded so that the contents and the name and address of the supplier/grower and/or packer are readily identifiable. A NoI (Notice of Intention to Import) is required for tissue culture imports and is subject to inspection on arrival.

 Declaration of Commercial Tissue Culture Facility (PDF 256Kb)


Biosecurity Tasmania