Importing or exporting wildlife for travelling exhibition
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 for travelling exhibitions. This enables specimens to temporarily leave or enter Australia, provided that the specimen, and any progeny born during the exhibition, will return to its place of origin. The travelling exhibition should present information with a cultural, scientific or conservation content.
Permits for travelling exhibitions
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 - 375 KB) | (Word - 142 KB) *
- Supplementary Form F-Travelling Exhibition (PDF - 47 KB) | (Word - 680 KB)
* Multiple consignment authorities are also available
NOTE: You will need to apply for two permits for the travelling exhibition, the original permit plus a permit to re-export or re-import the specimen. These two permits may be applied for together on a single application form or separately.
If the application is for a live animal, also complete the appropriate form below:
- 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)
First time permits for Zoological organisations
You may be required to complete an Application for assessment as a recognised zoological organisation for the purposes import and export of wildlife to and from Australia if you are applying to import or export wildlife to or from Australia and your organisation:
- has not previously successfully applied to the federal environment department for permits to import or export wildlife
- has opened in the past five years
- is under new management
- is an overseas institution with no history of importing wildlife from Australia.
You can demonstrate that you and/or your organisation can satisfy the following requirements:
- The travelling exhibition presents information with a cultural, scientific or conservation content.
- If the specimen is a live animal, it does not belong to a CITES Appendix I species.
- If the specimen was imported for a travelling exhibition, it and any progeny produced after the import are subsequently exported.
- If the specimen was exported for the purposes of a travelling exhibition, it and any progeny produced after the export are subsequently imported.