Licences to transport animals into and out of NSW
You need a licence to import protected native animals into New South Wales.
Importing and exporting animals interstate
The interstate import and export of protected native animals is subject to monitoring and regulatory controls by animal protection agencies in each state and territory.
Before you import a protected native animal into NSW or export it from the state, you must:
1. Check whether the animal is exempt from import/export licensing requirements
There are a number of protected birds which you don't need a licence to keep in NSW. If you plan to import or export any of these birds, you will not need a NSW import/export licence. For all other protected native animals, you will need an import/export licence.
2. Obtain an import/export licence from OEH
Interstate import and export licences are issued for a single consignment of the animal species specified on the licence for a maximum period of one month. Import and export permits are available for all classes of native animals.
Native animal keepers with an AKL prefix licence can apply online for the immediate issue of import and export licences for all Class 1 native animal species (PDF 419KB) using the NSW Government Licensing Service (GLS). To apply for a licence, download and fill in the application form below. Make sure you:
use capital letters when entering your name, for example John William Smith
enter your phone number details in the format 0295856401 or 0401000000 for mobile numbers (no spaces)
enter your address accurately using the Quick Address System (QAS) provided on the GLS website.
A 10% discount (off the standard $30 licence fee) applies to online applications.
Import-export applications for advanced class animals are also available online for Animal Keeper Licence (AKL) holders. Immediate approvals do not apply to advanced class animals applications or Companion Animal Licence class holders at this stage. Please allow 14 days for approval.
You can also apply for a licence by downloading an application form (PDF 58KB) and emailing or mailing it to the Wildlife Team. Please allow a minimum of 14 working days for your licence to be processed.
Please note that OEH reviews all applications for animal keeper licences for compliance and enforcement purposes.
3. Make sure that the person in the other state, who you are importing from or exporting to, has the appropriate licence or movement permit from their state's animal protection agency
You will need to provide details of the other person's licence or movement permit when you apply for an import/export licence from OEH. Animal protection agencies in other states have more details:
Importing and exporting animals internationally
Australia is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). This convention includes a list of species that are endangered, or at risk of becoming endangered, because of inadequate controls over international trade in them or their products. The convention's member countries have agreed to monitor and control the international import and export of these species.
In Australia, CITES controls are administered by the Australian Department of the Environment under the provisions of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The Department of the Environment issues licences for the import and export of CITES-listed species.
Number of animals exported from NSW from March 2007 to October 2011
Number of animals imported into NSW from March 2007 to October 2011
Page last updated: 17 October 2016