Commercial trade

Approved sources for international commercial trade

Approved sources of native plants and animals

The Australian Government is committed to protecting and conserving Australian native wildlife by regulating international trade. This helps to protect targeted species against overexploitation, and Australian ecosystems against the introduction of invasive species.

Australia strictly controls trade in:

You will need an export permit for the export of native wildlife and wildlife products, unless the specimens being exported are included on the list of exempt native specimens. Commercial export permits can be issued if the specimen comes from one of the following approved sources:

Companies that commercially export native wildlife or wildlife products must be able to demonstrate that their products have been derived from one of these approved sources or are exempt from the provisions of the EPBC Act.

Commercial export trade in live native mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians is not allowed.

However, export trade in live native mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians may be allowed for non-commercial purposes such as research, education, exhibition or conservation breeding programs.

Approved sources of CITES plants and animals

You will need an export permit for the export of CITES wildlife and wildlife products.

Generally commercial export permits for specimens sourced in Australia can be issued if the specimens come from one of the following approved sources:

If the proposed export is, or is derived from, a native species and listed under CITES then it must also meet any requirements for exporting a native specimen. You will need an import permit for the import of most CITES wildlife and wildlife products

Generally, commercial import permits can be issued if the CITES management authority of the exporting country has issued an export permit. However, you will only be able to commercially import specimens of CITES Appendix II species that are declared specimens if they have been either:

  • artificially propagated
  • bred in captivity
  • sourced from an operation that has been approved as a Commercial Import Program (CIP).

You will only be able to commercially trade (export or import) Appendix I species if the specimens are captive bred animals sourced from a registered captive breeding program or artificially propagated plants.

For more information contact:

The Director
Wildlife Trade Regulation Section
Department of the Environment
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601

Telephone: (02) 6274 1900

Facsimile: (02) 6274 1921

Email: wildlifetrade@environment.gov.au