The interstate import and export of native animals is regulated in each state and territory.
In New South Wales, native animals are protected by the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (BC Act).
When you need a licence
You need an import/export licence granted under the BC Act to transport most native animals across the State's borders.
The import/export licences are generally granted:
- to licensed NSW animal keepers and animal dealers to facilitate interstate dealing
- for the interstate movements of native animals used for scientific research and those held by wildlife rehabilitation groups, zoos, wildlife parks and tourist attractions.
When you don't need a licence
You don't need an interstate import/export licence if you intend to import or export:
- introduced or exotic species – these are regulated by NSW biosecurity laws
- dingoes (which are not protected under the BC Act)
- native birds for which you don't need a licence to keep under the BC Act.
For all other native animal species, you will need to apply for an import/export licence to authorise movement across state borders.
Get your licence
When you apply for an import/export licence to move native animals interstate you must provide:
- your name, contact details and details of your licence that authorises you to be in possession of the native animals you want to move
- the number and species of animals you want to move – use the NSW Native Animal Keepers Species List to check the species code
- the name, contact details and licence or permit details of the interstate party – make sure the interstate party has the appropriate licence or permit from their state's animal protection agency.
Licence cost and duration
A NSW import/export licence costs $30 and is valid for a maximum period of 1 month for one consignment only during this period.
A 10% discount (off the standard $30 licence fee) applies to online applications.
Apply by email or post
You can also apply for a licence by downloading, completing and submitting an application for an import/export licence (DOC 62KB).
Allow up to 14 working days for your application to be processed once it is received.
Comply with licence conditions
When you hold a licence to import or export native animals you must comply with the import/export licence conditions (PDF 28KB).
Importing and exporting wildlife internationally
The international import and export of wildlife and wildlife products is regulated by the Australian Government under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, which gives effect to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
If you wish to import or export wildlife and wildlife products internationally, visit the Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy for information about wildlife import and export permits.