Import or export wildlife
In the Northern Territory (NT) you need a permit to import or export prohibited and protected wildlife.
Before you apply
Make sure you leave five working days for your application to be approved.
You must get a permit before the wildlife is imported or exported.
You must get approval from the state or territory the animal is leaving or going to. See below for state and territory permit information.
There are strict guidelines for the transport of animals by air or by road.
You must contact your transport company before departure to find out the type of container and other considerations - such as food, water and toileting - needed to transport your animal.
How to apply
Fill in the application for a permit to import or export wildlife.
Submit your application to the permits section of Parks and Wildlife.
How long your permit is valid for
An import permit is valid for one month from the date of shipment. The animal must enter the NT in this time or you will need another permit.
An export permit is valid for two days from the date of shipment. The animal must leave the NT in this time or you will need another permit.
Import or export permits for states and territories
Go to the following websites for import or export permit information for Australian states and territories:
- South Australia - Government of South Australia website
- Western Australia - Parks and Wildlife website
- New South Wales - Office of Environment and Heritage website
- Victoria - Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website
- Australian Capital Territory - Australian Capital Territory Government website
- Tasmania - Parks and Wildlife website
- Queensland - Department of Environment and Heritage website
There are biosecurity rules if you are moving certain species of animals and livestock into the NT.
Read moving and exporting livestock for more information.
Last updated: 12 April 2021
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