There are two types of wildlife exports:
- live animals, usually as pets or for exhibition in wildlife parks and zoos, and
- products of wildlife, including meat, fur and skins.
Complete the Wildlife Export Permit Application Form to apply for a permit to allow the export of approved wildlife and wildlife products from Tasmania.
Wildlife Export Permit Application Form
Exports of Live Wildlife
Over the last few years there has been increasing interest in the export of live wildlife from Tasmania.
The majority of exports constitute common species of wildlife such as birds that are exported as household pets. A small number of reptiles and mammals are exported for display or educational purposes, and a small number of birds and mammals are exported for conservation projects in other states and territories.
The Department is currently developing a new policy to ensure that wildlife exports are sustainable and that conservation outcomes are maximised.
Export of the Products of Wildlife
For the 'products' of wildlife, including meat, skins and fur, to be exported out of Australia, there must be a Trade Management Plan approved by the Commonwealth Government of Australia under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Brushtail Possum Exports
The Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (NRE Tas) does not currently have Commonwealth approval for the export of products of Brushtail possums. It is hoped to gain approval for this export during 2023.