Arrangements for Importing Wildlife into Tasmania

​​The Tasmanian Government has developed administrative and management arrangements for importing wildlife from mainland Australia into Tasmania. The arrangements are set out in the Policy on Importing (and Keeping) Vertebrate Wildlife in Tasmania.

A risk analysis approach is used to ensure that wildlife imports do not present an unacceptable level of risk to the State. The Policy requires that each species be risk assessed prior to inclusion on the list of species that can be imported into Tasmania. People seeking to import species on the list of permitted imports will be required to demonstrate that they meet any conditions that will apply to the import, keeping and movement of those species in Tasmania.

  Policy on Importing and Keeping Vertebrate Wildlife in Tasmania   (319Kb)​

A risk assessment process is used to categorise species as either extreme, serious, moderate or low threat to the State, and to identify management controls that take into account the level of threat posed by a species to the Tasmanian environment, primary industries and community. The risk assessment methodology used in Tasmania has been developed nationally, and is also employed by other Australian jurisdictions.

 Risk Assessment Methodology  (PDF 706Kb)

Separate arrangements exist for wildlife species proposed for import into Australia from overseas. Imports will not be permitted into Tasmania from overseas unless they meet national requirements. The requirements of both the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and the Biosecurity Act 2015 must be met before the importation of wildlife into Tasmania is permitted.

The public has the opportunity to comment on proposals to change the list of wildlife that can be imported into Tasmania during the ten day public comment period. These proposals can be viewed on the Species Risk Assessments page.

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Wildlife Services

GPO Box 44,
HOBART, TAS, 7001.