Prohibition on importation of animals, restricted materials and infected animal materials


1.    A person must not import an animal or a restricted material except where that importation –

(a)       is authorised by a general or special authority; and

(b)       is done in accordance with any conditions specified in the general or special authority.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 100 penalty units or a term of imprisonment not exceeding 12 months, or both.


2.    Notwithstanding that a general or special authority authorises the importation of an animal or a restricted material, a person must not import that animal or restricted material if –

(a)        the person believes or has reason to believe that the animal or restricted material is infected with a List A disease, List B disease, new disease or unknown disease; and

(b)        that general or special authority does not specifically authorise the importation of an animal or a restricted material that is so infected.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a)        a List A disease, a fine not exceeding 200 penalty units or a term of imprisonment not exceeding 24 months, or both;

(b)        any other disease, a fine not exceeding 50 penalty units or a term of imprisonment not exceeding 6 months, or both.


3.    A person must not import any animal material that the person believes or has reason to believe is infected with a List A disease, List B disease, new disease or unknown disease –

(a)       except where a general or special authority authorises the importation of the infected animal material; and

(b)       except in accordance with any conditions relating to the importation of the infected animal material specified in the general or special authority.

Penalty:  In the case of –

(a)       a List A disease, a fine not exceeding 200 penalty units or a term of imprisonment not exceeding 2 years, or both;

(b)       any other disease, a fine not exceeding 50 penalty units or a term of imprisonment not exceeding 6 months, or both.

For more information, please contact:

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


Animal Disease Enquiries
Chief Veterinary Officer
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 3263
Email: AnimalDisease.Enquiries@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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