Unrestricted Entry

The following animals may be imported into Tasmania without specific entry requirement under the Animal Health Act 1995.

Please note: all animals must be healthy and arthropods must be transported in a soil-free medium.

    • Cage Birds (other than pigeons)6
    • Carcases or parts of carcasses from farm animals (other than farmed fish), poultry and game species killed in Australia other than foxes.
    • Cats
    • Domestic ducks6
    • Domestic fowls and their products
    • Domestic geese6
    • Emus5,6
    • Equidae (horses, donkeys, mules, ponies)
    • Fertile eggs (Except those of pigeons and fish)
    • Dead aquatic invertebrates either fresh or frozen, except abalone (Haliotis sp.), mussels (Mytilus sp.), clams (Donsinia sp.) and oysters (Ostrea sp.Crassostrea sp., or Saccostrea sp.) 1, 2, 3
    • Grouse6
    • Guinea Fowl6
    • Guinea Pigs
    • Mammalian ova and embryos (Except those from cattle)
    • Mice7
    • Ostriches6
    • Partridges6
    • Peafowl6
    • Pheasants6
    • Quail6
    • Rabbits4
    • Rats6,7
    • Semen other than bovine semen
    • Table eggs
    • Turkeys6

    The following invertebrates may be imported 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


    ​Bubas spp. including B. bison and B. bubalus

    ​Dung beetle

    ​Calliphora stygia


    ​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

    ​Extatasoma 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


    ​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

    ​Masterus ridens

    ​Codling moth parasitoid wasp

    Metaphycus sp.


    ​Micromus tasmaniae

    ​Brown lacewing

    Mogulones geographicus

    ​Paterson's curse root weevil

    ​Mogulones larvatus

    ​Paterson's curse crown weevil

    Musca domestica


    Nauphoeta cinerea

    ​Speckled cockroach, Lobster roach

    Neoseilus californicus or Neoseilus wearnei

    ​Predatory mite, Two-spotted mite predator, Californicus

    ​Neoseiulus cucumeris

    ​Predatory mite, Cucumeris mite

    Nesidiocoris tenuis


    ​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


    ​Steinernema feltiae

    ​Fungus gnat nematode

    Tenebrio molitor


    Tenebrio obscurus

    ​Dark mealworm

    ​Tricaulax macleayi

    ​Flower scarab beetle

    Tricaulax philipsii

    ​Grey-furrowed rose-chafer

    Trichogramma carverae


    Trichogramma pretiosum


    Tropidoderus gracilifemur

    ​Graceful stick insect

    Typhlodromips montdorensis

    ​Montdorensis mite

    Typhlodromus occidentalis

    ​Mite, Occidentalis

    ​Xylotrupes gideon

    Elephant beetle​

      1. This applies to all invertebrate seafood species (for example shellfish and crustaceans) 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 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; or mussels, clams and oysters originating from NSW or regions known to be infected by oyster herpes virus. Oysters, mussels and clams originating from other states will require a declaration by the consignor (Dead Aquatic Mollusc Declaration of Origin). Finfish product 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.
      2. Note the Inland Fisheries Act 1995  requires all live aquatic vertebrates and invertebrates (apart from goldfish) to have a permit from the Director of Inland Fisheries to enter Tasmania. Contact the  Inland Fisheries Service for more information. All freshwater crayfish or yabby are banned by the Inland Fisheries Act 1995.
      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. 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 is regulated by the Animal Farming (Registration) Act 1994.
      6. Wildlife & native species - importation of many species may also be affected by the  Nature Conservation Act 2002.  The Nature Conservation Act governs the importation and keeping of wildlife in Tasmania. If you wish to import any animal that is not classified as domestic dog, domestic cat or domestic stock (see schedule 7 of the Wildlife Regulations 2010 for a definition of 'domestic stock'), you will need to contact the Wildlife Management Branch to apply for an import permit. This is in addition to any import requirements listed within this system.
      7. Mice, rats and other rodents cannot be transported by sea as these animals are prohibited entry on the Spirit of Tasmania vessels, all vessels must maintain a de-ratting exemption certificate.


             Biosecurity Tasmania (Biosecurity) Enquiries       
      13 St. Johns Avenue
      New Town TAS 7008
      Phone: 03 6165 3777
      Fax: 03 6173 0225
      Email: Biosecurity.Tasmania@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

             Wildlife Management Branch
      200 Collins Street 
      GPO Box 44
      HOBART TAS 7001
      Phone: 03 6165 4305
      Fax: 03 6173
      Email: wildlife.reception@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

      Animal Disease Enquiries
      13 St Johns Avenue
      New Town TAS 7008
      Phone: 03 6165 3263
      Email: AnimalDisease.Enquiries@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

      General Authority