Import Requirement 36 - (Seeds for Sowing)

Prior to import, a “Notice of Intention to Import Plants or Plant Products into Tasmania” must be submitted to the relevant Biosecurity Tasmania Operations Centre. Importation must occur in compliance with general Conditions and Restrictions for Prescribed Matter in Part 2 of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania.


36     Seeds for Sowing


A person must not import, or cause to be imported, any viable seed, except in accordance with the following:


This Import Requirement does not apply to viable seed intended for use as animal feed (eg. livestock feed grain, birdseed). Refer to Import Requirement 30 of this Manual for relevant conditions and restrictions.




(a)      A completed Notice of Intention (NoI) to Import Grain/Seed (for Sowing) (available at must be submitted to the Regional Biosecurity Tasmania Operations Centre nearest the proposed permitted point of entry not less than 24 hours before importation.

(b)      NoIs for all seed imported by postal services or courier must be submitted to the northern Biosecurity Operations Centre of Biosecurity Tasmania. 


The following certificates must be provided with the NoI, as relevant.


A Statement of Seed Analysis is required for seed lots1 of more than 1kg, and must refer to the following:

Declared Weed Seeds

(i)        A representative sample of the seed lot must be tested by a laboratory accredited by the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) or another accrediting body approved by the DPIPWE, for Declared weed species (Declared weed species are listed in Appendix 1 of this Manual).

(ii)       The Statement of Seed Analysis issued by an ISTA accredited laboratory or equivalent must indicate zero Declared weed seeds in a sample drawn from the seed lot.

(iii)     If a lot of seed consists of mixed species or varieties, a Statement of Seed Analysis that relates to a sample drawn from the mixed lot, or separate Statements of Seed Analysis for each sub-lot of species or varieties that comprise the lot, must be supplied.

Restricted Seeds


If the Statement of Seed Analysis pertains to a type of seed that is subject to other pest or disease Import Requirements set out in this Manual (ie. it is a Restricted Seed), or lists such a seed as ‘other seed’, the lot must also satisfy the relevant Import Requirement/s.  These Import Requirements and the Restricted Seeds to which they apply are listed in Table 1 below.


Soil and stones

(iv)     The ‘Inert Matter’ section of the Statement of Seed Analysis must indicate soil content is not more than 0.1% by weight of the sample submitted for testing.

(v)      In addition, all seed must be free of soil in quantities discernible to the naked eye.

(vi)     Seed for sowing containing stones as contaminants is permitted entry provided the stones are free of soil discernible to the naked eye, and the Statement of Seed Analysis indicates soil content is not more than 0.1%.


Ryegrass nematode (Anguina agrostis)

(vii)    The Statement of Seed Analysis for seed of any ryegrass (Lolium) species must state that the sample has been searched for ryegrass nematode (Anguina agrostis) galls, and that zero galls were detected.

(viii)  If Lolium seeds are present as contaminants of other seed, the Statement of Seed Analysis must state that the Lolium seeds were searched for ryegrass nematode galls, and that zero galls were detected.

(ix)     Alternatively, an importer may provide a certificate issued by an appropriate state or country authority indicating the area in which the seed was grown is free of ryegrass nematode. 


Representative sample

(x)   The Statement of Seed Analysis must indicate that the sample was drawn by an appropriately accredited person by identifying the statement as ‘official’, or by quoting the accredited sampler’s licence number, or equivalent.



A Statement of Seed Analysis may be submitted but is not required for seed lots of 1 kg or less. Seed lots of 1kg or less may be imported without a Statement of Seed Analysis if that seed:

(i)        is not a Declared weed; and

(ii)       is from a supplier (a business or other organisation) on the Approved Suppliers List*; 


(iii)     is imported by an importer registered# to receive seed from sources not on the Approved Suppliers List.

(iv)     If Clause II(b)(ii) or II(b)(iii) are not satisfied, conditions listed in Clause II(a) apply (i.e. a Statement of Seed Analysis must be supplied) unless Biosecurity Tasmania determines otherwise by inspecting the seed on arrival.

*      The Approved Suppliers List is a list of businesses or other organisations that distribute seed in small quantities and which have production practices, quality control systems, or other protocols that reduce the likelihood of Declared weed seed presence to a level acceptable by the DPIPWE. The Approved Suppliers List is maintained in confidence. Importers of seed of 1 kg or less should confirm with Biosecurity Tasmania whether a supplier from which they wish to obtain seed is on the Approved Suppliers List. Enquiries about the Approved Suppliers List can be made to Biosecurity Tasmania.

#     Biosecurity Tasmania maintains a Register of Seed Importers permitted to import seed lots of 1kg or less from sources that are not on the Approved Supplier List. Enquiries about registration can be made to Biosecurity Tasmania.


The arrangements for seed imports of 1kg or less DO NOT obviate the need to comply with other IRs, where these apply



Some seeds must meet conditions and restrictions for pests and diseases of biosecurity significance to Tasmania, set out in other Import Requirements in this Manual. Restricted Seeds and the relevant Import Requirements are listed in Table 1.


Table 1     Import Requirements for Restricted Seeds






Pea weevil



Lupin anthracnose


Chick pea

Chick pea blight



Genetically modified brassica seed




Import Requirements for Restricted Seeds apply to all seed imports, including lots of 1 kg or less.



(a)      Importers must contact Biosecurity Tasmania prior to import of seed intended for extraction from pods, capsules, fleshy fruit or other reproductive structures, cleaning, coating, treatment or other processing.



(a)      All seed consignments must be contained in outer packaging that is clean and in good repair such that seed spillage does not occur.

(b)      Consignments containing more than 1kg of seed must comply with Clause VI(b) and be labelled with:

(i)       name and address of the supplier and of the consignee; and

(ii)      weight and lot number matching individual packages to the relevant Statement/s of Seed Analysis, in compliance with Clause II(a).

(c)       Consignments containing 1 kg of seed or less must be labelled with seed botanical name, name and address of the supplier and of the consignee, and comply with Clause VI(b).

(d)      When consignments contain more than one line of seed or mixed seed, ALL species must be identified, consistent with Clauses IV(b) or IV(c).



(a)      Viable genetically modified seed of any species must not be imported to Tasmania unless authorised under the Genetically Modified Organisms Control Act 2004.



(a)      All seed must be presented to Biosecurity Tasmania on arrival.

(b)      Seed imported by air or sea freight or using Australia Post services must be presented for inspection by addressing to the consignee, and marked for the ‘Attention of Biosecurity Tasmania’.

(c)       Seed carried on a person or in personal baggage accompanying a person entering Tasmania must be presented to Biosecurity Tasmania at the permitted point of entry.



(a)  Seed imported into Tasmania that originates from overseas must also meet national import requirements administered by the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and described on the Biosecurity Import Conditions system database (BICON) at


VIII.       Export of Tasmanian produced seed and its re-importation

(a)      If certificates of analysis are supplied with the seed lots and the parameters (inert matter, declared weeds) on the analysis certificate meet import requirements, no additional certification or testing is required. Tasmanian seed that has been certified in Tasmania is considered to meet ryegrass nematode and inert matter requirements.

(b)      Where blended seed lots are involved a separate certificate is required for each of the seed lots making up the blend.

(c)       Seed certificates must be completed in full. Where certification details are not completed, entry of the seed is not allowed until such certification details are supplied or alternative arrangements are made with Biosecurity Tasmania. In situations where certification is incomplete e.g. no certification for one component of a blend, then entry certification is considered incomplete and entry will not be allowed.



Enquiries about importing seed for sowing can be directed to Biosecurity Tasmania on:

    IDD + 61 (0)3 6165 3777.

·      1A seed lot is a quantity of a single type of seed, physically identifiable by reference to a line of packages, sacks, storage bin or silo number(s), container number(s) or hold number(s) of a ship, and for which a Seed Analysis Certificate/Statement can be issued.

For policy based information, please contact

Plant Biosecurity
Phone: 1300 368 550

Boil Smut (BS)
Chickpea Blight (CB)
Declared Weeds (DW)
Lupin Anthracnose (LA)
Pea Weevil (PW)

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