Prohibited Items

Item

Descriptions/Precautions

Regulation

High Value Parcel

Applied to the parcels in which the declared value for customs is above AUD 1000, require formal declaration and dutiable.

Prohibited

Anabolic and androgenic substances

Require Import Permit issued by Minister for Health

Antibiotics

Require Import Permit issued by Minister for Health

All goods bearing the word 'ANZAC'

Require Import Permit issued by Minister for Veteran's Affairs

Goods bearing an image of the Australian national flag
and coats of arms

Permits are no longer required for the Australian national flag or Coat of Arms or seal, but approval for the design and use of the goods must be obtained from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in order to import the goods

Goods bearing an image of the Australian state or
territory flags and coats of arms

Require Import Permit issued by Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Asbestos


An exemption/permit can be issued in certain circumstances by the following
authorities:
1. The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (chrysotile only);
2. The Seafarers Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Authority (chrysotile
only);
3. A State/Territory Workcover authority (chrysotile only); or
4. The Minister for Employment.

Cat and dog fur products

Require Import Permit issued by Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Ceramic ware - glazed

You do not need a permit to import these goods.
However you do need to obtain a testing certificate from the Australian Government National Measurement Institute (NMI) or a testing agency approved by the National Association of Testing Authorities Australia to certify that the goods comply with the regulation.
Glazed ceramic ware with heavy metals such as lead or cadmium that exceeds acceptable release levels used for, or in connection with the storage or consumption of food. It includes all types of glazed pottery/ceramics used for tableware and cooking but does not include decorative items manufactured solely for display on walls or stands.

Cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises)

Require Import Permit issued by Department of the Environment

Chemical weapons

Require Import Permit issued by The Director General of the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office

Chewing tobacco and oral snuff

Require Import Permit issued by Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer if the quantity is over 1.5kg

Cigarette lighters

Refillable lighters with a customs value of AUD$5 or less, disposable lighters and novelty lighters that have been designed to light cigarettes, cigars and pipes.
Require Import Permit issued by Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer

Cosmetics - toxic materials

Cosmetic products containing more than 250mg/kg of lead except for products
containing more than 250mg/kg of lead acetate designed for use in hair treatments.
Require Import Permit issued by Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Credit cards - counterfeit

Require Import Permit issued by Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Crowd control equipment

Anti-personnel sprays, body armour, extendable batons, electric shock devices,
acoustic shock devices.
Require Import Permit issued by Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Cultural heritage goods

You do not need the permission of the Australian Government to import cultural heritage goods into Australia. HOWEVER it may be illegal to export the goods from the country of origin without permission from the overseas government.

Cultural heritage goods from Papua New Guinea

The permission of the Trustees of the Papua New Guinea Public Museum and Art Gallery is needed to export or remove the goods from Papua New Guinea.

Rough diamonds from Cote d'Ivoire

Imports are not allowed under any circumstances.

Diamonds - Kimberley Process

The relevant authority in the country exporting the goods to Australia

Dog collars - protrusion

Dog collars designed to puncture or bruise an animal's skin.
Require Import Permit issued by Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Dogs - dangerous breeds

Imports are not allowed under any circumstances.

Drugs and narcotics

Require Import Permit issued by Minister for Health

Viable materials/stem cells derived from human embryo clones

Require Import Permit issued by the National Health and Medical Research Council

Endangered animal and plant species - CITES

The movement of species subject to CITES requires an export permit from the country of origin and an import permit from the Department of the Environment.

Erasers - novelty

Erasers resembling food in scent or appearance.
Require Import Permit issued by Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Explosives, plastic

Submit below documents to Attorney-General's Department 6 weeks before shipment arrival.
1. Application for Authorisation to either manufacture, possess, traffic, import or export unmarked plastic explosives
2. Application for Permission to Import Plastic Explosives
3. Manufacturers Certificate.

Firearms and ammunition

Different firearms and ammunition will have different applications. call 61-2 6250 6666 for enquiries

Fish and toothfish

Require Import Permit issued by Minister for Agriculture

Electrical Fly swatters/mosquito bats

Hand-held electric insect zappers that have no protection against accidental contact with the electrified grid and power source exceeding 6 volts.
Require Import Permit issued by Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Growth hormones and substances of human or animal origin

Require Import Permit issued by Minister for Health

Hazardous waste

Require Import Permit issued by Department of the Environment

Hydroflurocarbons

Require Import Permit issued by Department of the Environment

Incandescent lamps

Require Import Permit issued by The Minister for Industry

Kava

Require Import Permit issued by Minister for Health

Knives and daggers

Daggers and throwing knives/blades/axes require written Police Certification (B709B Form) from the relevant Police Firearms Registry
All other knives require written permission to import from the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, prior to the arrival of the goods in Australia.

Laser pointers

Require Import Permit issued by Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Money boxes, novelty - toxic materials

Novelty money boxes, designed or marketed for children, coated with material
containing more than 90mg/kg of lead.
Require Import Permit issued by Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Ozone depleting substances/Synthetic Greenhouse Gases

Licenses to import are issued by the Minister for the Environment under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989.

Pencils and paintbrushes - toxic materials

Pencils and paintbrushes with a coating that contains excess amounts of toxic
compounds such as lead, arsenic and barium
Require Import Permit issued by Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Pesticides and other hazardous chemicals

Require Import Permit issued by Minister for Agriculture

Polychlorinated Biphenyls, Terphenyls and Polyphenyls

Require Import Permit issued by Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Pornography and other objectionable material

Require Import Permit issued by Director Classification Branch

Radioactive substances

Require Import Permit issued by Minister for Health

Sanctioned Countries/Entities

Sanctioned Countries/Entities: Eritrea, Iran, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
Contact Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Security Sensitive Ammonium Nitrate

Require Import Permit issued by State or Territory Regulator.

Suicide devices

Imports are not allowed under any circumstances.

Tablet Presses

Require Import Permit issued by Customs and Border Protection

Therapeutic drugs and substances

Including abortifacients, aphrodisiacs and others controlled for
health reasons
Require Import Permit issued by Minister for Health

Tobacco - unmanufactured leaf

Require Import Permit issued by The Commissioner of Taxation

Toys - toxic material

Children's toys or playthings with a coating that contains excess amounts of toxic compounds such as lead, arsenic and barium.
Require Import Permit issued by Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Trade Practices Act goods

Require Import Permit issued by Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer

Weapons

Require Import Permit issued by Minister for Immigration and Border Protection or the Police

Woolpacks

Require Import Permit issued by Minister for Agriculture

Food

eggs and egg products, dairy products, uncanned meat,seeds and nuts, fresh fruit and vegetables

Woods & Plants

Furniture (wooden) / Made up articles / Products made from woods & plants- inspection needed for biosecurity risk at arrival or provide proof that shows the wood is biosecurity passed

 

The detailed information of restricted and prohibited items is subject to the local customs regualtions and laws. Please contact our local customer service hotline at 1300 148 168 for more information.