Importing or exporting wildlife for education purposes
Australia strictly controls trade in:
- Australian native specimens
- internationally endangered species (those on the CITES list)
- live animals
Import or export of specimens may be permitted if they will be used for education or training.
Permits for education purposes
To apply for a permit, complete these forms:
- Application for a Single Use Permit to import, export or re-export wildlife or wildlife products (PDF - 95 KB) | (RTF - 383 KB) *
- Supplementary Form B: Non-Commercial - Education (PDF - 160 KB) | (Word - 682 KB)
If the application is for a live animal, also complete:
- Supplementary Form G: Live Animal Imports/Exports (excluding koalas and macropods) (PDF - 219 KB) | (Word - 685 KB)
- Supplementary Form G: Live Koala Export (PDF - 180 KB) | (Word - 687 KB)
- Supplementary Form G: Live Macropod Export (PDF - 223 KB) | (Word - 686 KB)
* Multiple use permits are also available
You will only be granted a permit if you can demonstrate that you and/or your organisation can satisfy the following requirements:
- The specimen will be used for education or training by a private or public institution that has a primary function of educating or training enrolled or registered participants.
- The specimen will not be used for commercial purposes after it is no longer needed for education or training.
- The specimen is not needed for conservation breeding or propagation by the exporting country.
- If possible, the specimen comes from a captive animal or an artificially propagated plant.
- For education or training involving a live animal, the animal is held in a way that is known to result in minimal stress and risk of injury to the animal.
- In the case of education or training in which an animal is killed, the killing is done in a way that is generally accepted to minimise pain and suffering.
- For a specimen listed as a threatened species, the export is not inconsistent with any recovery plan for the species.
- For a live export of a koala, platypus, wombat or Tasmanian devil, or an animal of an eligible listed threatened species, the exporter, the importer and the federal environment department enter into an agreement about the treatment and disposal of the animal and/or any progeny of the animal.
Export of koalas, kangaroos, wombats, Tasmanian devils, wallabies and nationally threatened species
Specific conditions apply to the export of koalas, kangaroos, wombats, Tasmanian devils, wallabies and nationally threatened species.
Trade may be permitted for a range of non-commercial purposes.
- Trade for non-commercial purposes
- Conservation breeding or propagation
- Exchange of scientific specimens between registered scientific organisations
- Travelling exhibitions
Travelling with specimens as personal effects