Immigration and customs regulations
Australia has very strict Customs laws about what is allowed to enter the country. All animal and plant products that you bring into Australia must be declared for inspection. It is your responsibility to be familiar with Australia's immigration and customs regulations before entering the country and to comply with all applicable laws. We suggest that you become familiar with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's regulations before starting your trip.
What can I bring into Australia?
All animal and plant products, including food items, must be declared for inspection and in most cases are returned. The following lists include the more common items.
Goods that are prohibited
Except under Quarantine conditions and approved by Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS), check before you travel:
Dairy products or eggs and products containing eggs
Live animals, includes birds, birds, eggs, fish, reptiles and insects
Meat and meat products (fresh or dried) including canned pork
Seeds and nuts, includes raw peanuts, unroasted nuts
Fresh fruit and vegetables, salmon and trout (fresh or dried)
Live plants, includes cuttings, roots, bulbs, rhizomes and stems
Handcrafts and souvenirs that contain or are made from seeds
Salmon and trout products (canned salmon is allowed)
Biological materials, includes human/animal vaccines and therapeutic goods (ask about special import conditions)
Deer horn/velvet, edible birds nest packaged products
Soil and sand, straw and hay packing/stuffing or straw ornaments
Goods that must be declared
These goods might be allowed, however, you must declare them at Customs.
Seeds and nuts, includes packaged seeds, seed ornaments and necklaces, nuts out of a shell such as salted nuts
Plant products, straw packaging, wooden articles, artefacts, handicrafts, articles stuffed with seeds or straw, carvings, items made from palm fronds or leaves
Animal products, includes items made with rawhide, such as drums, shields, artefacts, treated skins, hides, furs, hair or feathers
Food, includes cooked, uncooked and ingredients
Dried fruit and vegetables
Herbs and spices of any kind
Biscuits, cakes and confectionery
Noodles and rice
Teas, coffees and milk based drinks
Bamboo, cane or rattan basket-ware and mats
Fresh flowers and leis
Dried flower arrangements
Pine cones and potpourri
Shells or coral in any form
Feathers, bones, hams and tusks
Wool (unprocessed) and animal hair, includes yarns, crafted rugs and clothing
Animal equipment, includes clothing, footwear, grooming and veterinary equipment, saddles, bridles and birdcages
Sporting and camping equipment, includes tents, footwear, hiking boots, golfing equipment and bicycles
Please Note: unaccompanied baggage may attract inspection charges.
You must declare any of the listed items on your Travellers' Statement (obtained when you enter Australia - this is a legal document). If you are unsure, it is best to declare.