Review of plant, animal and biological import conditions

​​This work program is part of strengthening biosecurity surveillance and analysis under the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

We are conducting an operational review of plant, animal and biological import conditions to protect Australia’s biosecurity status and maintain our market access for agricultural products.

The review will:

  • ensure import conditions easy to find and understand in the Biosecurity Import Conditions system (BICON)
  • ensure import conditions are based on current information and risk management approaches while being a minimum burden
  • allow us to identify treatments to manage biosecurity risks such as pests, disease and contaminants.

This work will continue until mid 2019.

The amount of change to import conditions will vary between commodities. Some will have minimal or no change, and some may have significant changes.

In some cases, we may ask industry to help us conduct the reviews and plan for implementation. This ensures we make sound decisions about Australia’s import conditions. It also helps us know everyone understands and is prepared for any required changes.

Register for updates

If you are an importer, subscribe to our Import Industry Advice Notices to stay informed about the progress of these reviews.

Register as a BICON user to access and follow import conditions for specific commodities. Use the follow case function to receive an email when something changes. Learn how to use BICON through our introductory eLearning module.

Import condition reviews

These lists will be updated quarterly.

Animal and biological import conditions

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Completed reviews

  1. Alcoholic beverages
  2. Alpacas and llamas
  3. Antibodies
  4. Antigens
  5. Aquaculture – pet fish food
  6. Bee products
  7. Casings
  8. Cats and dogs
  9. Cnidarians, echinoderms, tunicates
  10. Cosmetics
  11. Cremated animal remains, animal derived charcoal
  12. Dairy –9 Packages
  13. Egg products
  14. Feathers/wool and related articles
  15. Frogs legs
  16. Gelatine
  17. Human bodies and remains
  18. Kopi Luwak
  19. Live animals –prohibited
  20. Live animals – horses, donkeys and mules
  21. Live pigeons
  22. Live Rabbits
  23. Live rock
  24. Medical kits containing anticoagulants
  25. Microorganisms
  26. Palolo worms
  27. Retorted animal based goods for human consumption
  28. Returning Australian Products
  29. Rock lobster
  30. Seafood (excluding finfish and prawns)
  31. Shells and related articles
  32. Snails (covered within the Seafood)
  33. Soil and Water
  34. Stockfeed
  35. Synthetic material
  36. Uncanned or unretorted meat-avian/chicken, foie gras
  37. Used and empty cryogenic shippers
  38. Zoo animals

Active reviews

  1. Animal Fluids and tissues (excluding reproductive material, including faeces)
  2. Baits and lures – aquatic use
  3. Baits and lures – non-aquatic use
  4. Bee and bee semen
  5. Cell lines
  6. Culture media
  7. Fertile eggs
  8. Food samples
  9. Finfish – salmon
  10. Goods for transhipment
  11. Human fluids and tissues
  12. Human therapeutics and medicines (includes microalgae)
  13. Hides and skins
  14. Laboratory material – animal reproductive material
  15. Meat based flavours (fats and tallows)
  16. Pet food
  17. Seafood (finfish excluding salmon)
  18. Specimens- preserved and fixed – animal (including microscope slides)
  19. Uncanned or unretorted meat 0 NZ
  20. Uncanned or unretorted meat – (includes jerky)
  21. Uncanned or unretorted meat – other
  22. Uncanned or unretorted meat – porcine/pig meat

Future reviews

  1. Bioremedial products
  2. Diagnostic kits
  3. Embryos and semen – cattle
  4. Embryos and semen – deer, goat and sheep
  5. Enzymes
  6. Equine semen
  7. Fertilisers
  8. Freshwater fish – aquarium and marine fish
  9. Genetic material
  10. Lab animals
  11. Lab material (including lab reagents)
  12. Live sheep and goats
  13. Pet birds
  14. Prepared and packaged foodstuffs
  15. Prawns
  16. Rat and mice embryos, semen and ova
  17. Veterinary therapeutics and medicines

Plant import condition reviews

Completed reviews

Active reviews

Further assistance

For more information about animal or biological commodity reviews email the Animal and Biological Import Conditions Review Project

For more information about plant commodity reviews email the Plant Import Conditions Review Project