Apply for an import and export permit
To import or export wildlife you must have a permit. Allow 3-5 business days to process your application.
Download and complete the application form:
Import and export restrictions
To transport wildlife into Victoria (import) or out of Victoria (export), wildlife must be self-sufficient. This means the wildlife:
- must not be an egg
- must not be injured or diseased
- must be able to feed itself
- (if a flighted bird) must be able to fly
- (if a flightless bird) must be at least 4 weeks old
- (if a mammal) must be fully weaned
We will advise you if the import or export permit can be issued.
Wildlife being transported into Victoria can only be approved if the person receiving the wildlife has a valid wildlife licence, authorisation or permit.
When is a permit not required?
An import permit or export permit is not required to transport:
- emu egg-shells (empty shells only)
- cast or shed wildlife feathers, sloughed skins of reptiles or cast antlers of deer
- wildlife listed in Part A of Schedule 4 or parts of wildlife listed in Part B of Schedule 5 of the
- specified birds in Schedule 1 of the
- dead game that has been obtained in a legal manner from a legal source (e.g. with an appropriate game licence under the ).
Permits are not required for the following wildlife
- king quail (excalfactoria chinensis)
- pheasant-all taxa (phasianus spp)
- partridge-all taxa (perdix spp)
- non-indigenous quail - all taxa (including Californian quail and Japanese/European quail)
- alectoris spp - all taxa (including callipepla californica and coturnix coturnix)
- budgerigar (melopsittacus undulatus)
- zebra finch (taeniopygia guttata)
- cockatiel (nymphicus hollandicus)
- bourke’s parrot (neopsephotus bourkii)
Parts of the following taxa of wildlife
- emu (and the shells of eggs) (Dromaius novaehollandiae)
- freshwater crocodile (crocodylus johnstoni)
- saltwater crocodile (crocodylus porosus)
- common brushtail possum (trichosurus vulpecula)
- western grey kangaroo (macropus fuliginosus melanops)
- eastern grey kangaroo (macropus giganteus)
- whiptail wallaby (macropus parryi)
- common wallaroo (euro) (macropus robustus)
- red-necked wallaby (macropus rufogriseus)
- red kangaroo (macropus rufus)
- rufous-bellied pademelon (thyllogale billardierii)
- dead game that has been obtained from a legal source
Australian wildlife laws
Different wildlife laws apply in different states or territories within Australia, so you should always check with the responsible agency in the relevant state.
An export permit is required if you intend to transport wildlife out of Victoria to any other state or territory within Australia.
An import permit is required if you intend to transport wildlife into Victoria from any other state or territory within Australia.
Importing and exporting wildlife from Australia
Import and export permits may be required for the transport of wildlife and wildlife products into and out of Australia.
Reviewed 26 April 2021