How do I legally import or export wildlife in NSW?

Interstate

To import native animals across state borders, you need a licence to transport animals interstate. Fees apply.

Find out more or apply online

Overseas importing

Australia has strict quarantine regulations so there are stringent restrictions on importing live exotic wildlife (that is, non-native species). Only species on the live import list are allowed. Some may also need a CITES permit.

Licences are issued by the Federal Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water Population and Communities. However, you may also require permits from other government departments.

Find out more about importing and import licences

Overseas exporting

Exporting native species outside Australia to another country for commercial purposes is prohibited. Exporting for educational, research and exhibition purposes is possible under special permit.

Find out more about exporting and permits

Reporting illegal trade

Find out more about reporting illegal trade

Catch a criminal: Report illegal trading in native wildlife to the Federal Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water Population and Communities.
By phone: (02) 6274 1801 
By email: wildlifetrade.compliance@environment.gov.au
mailto:wildlifetrade.compliance@environment.gov.au