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. Animal fluids and tissues
  4. Antibodies
  5. Antigens
  6. Baitfish, aquaculture and pet fish food – 3 packages
  7. Baits and lures – aquatic use
  8. Baits and lures – non aquatic use
  9. Bee products
  10. Bioremedial products
  11. Casings
  12. Cats and dogs – 2 packages
  13. Cell lines
  14. Cnidarians, echinoderms, tunicates
  15. Cosmetics
  16. Cremated animal remains, animal derived charcoal
  17. Cryogenic shippers
  18. Culture media
  19. Dairy – 9 packages
  20. Egg products
  21. Embryos and semen – cattle
  22. Embryos and semen – deer, goat and sheep
  23. Enzymes
  24. Equine semen
  25. Feathers and related articles
  26. Fertile eggs
  27. Fertilisers
  28. Finfish – salmon – 2 packages
  29. Finfish (excluding salmon)
  30. Food samples
  31. Frogs legs
  32. Gelatine
  33. Genetic material
  34. Hides and skins – 5 packages
  35. Human bodies and remains
  36. Human fluids and tissues
  37. Human therapeutics and medicines
  38. Kopi Luwak
  39. Laboratory material
  40. Laboratory material – animal reproductive material
  41. Live animals –prohibited
  42. Live bees
  43. Live horses, donkeys and mules
  44. Live pigeons
  45. Live rock
  46. Meat based flavours
  47. Medical supplies containing anticoagulants
  48. Microorganisms, starter culture
  49. Microscopic slides - preserved and fixed – animal
  50. Palolo worms
  51. Pet birds
  52. Pet food
  53. Prawns
  54. Rabbits
  55. Ration packs
  56. Retorted animal based goods for human consumption
  57. Returning Australian goods
  58. Rock lobster
  59. Seafood (including snails and excluding prawns)
  60. Shells and related articles
  61. Ship stores containing goods for transhipment
  62. Soil and Water
  63. Stockfeed
  64. Synthetic material
  65. Uncanned or unretorted meat – 3 packages
  66. Wool and related articles
  67. Zoo animals – 16 packages

Active reviews

  1. Aquarium fish – freshwater and marine fish
  2. Bovine serum
  3. Diagnostic kits
  4. Human milk
  5. Lab animals - 8 packages
  6. Lab materials
  7. Live sheep and goats
  8. Veterinary therapeutics and medicines

Plant import condition reviews

Our work to review the import conditions for a range of plant commodities is now complete. Updated conditions are now available in BICON for:

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