Plants and quarantine

Plant import permits

You may need a permit to import the following into the Northern Territory (NT):

  • plants
  • plant products
  • second hand  machinery and equipment used in agriculture
  • soil
  • compost
  • potting mix.

They may present a risk of bringing new pests and diseases into the NT.

Find out what you need a permit for and how to apply to import them.

Importing to the NT

There are three types of applications available.

Import permits for plants and plant products

You will need to apply for an import permit if you want to bring any plants and plant products into the NT.  This may include parts of plants other than seeds, pulp or dried material, and samples to be submitted for diagnostic or laboratory testing.

Import permits for soil, compost and potting mix

You will need to apply for a permit if you want to bring the following into the NT:

  • soil
  • compost and potting mix, unless prepared and labelled under the relevant Australian Standard.

Import permits for machinery, equipment and other plant related material

You will need to apply for a permit if you want to bring the following used agricultural or earth moving equipment into the NT:

  • harvestors
  • ploughs
  • compactors
  • tractors
  • dozers
  • dump trucks
  • shovels
  • pruning shears
  • picking poles
  • bins and bin lids
  • packaging
  • pallets
  • other containers.

Evidence may need to be provided from the state or territory of origin that the material has been treated or cleaned appropriately.

Who can apply

The importer must be the person listed on the application form. They must also include location details.

How to apply

To import plants you will need to fill in the following:

To import soil, compost and potting mix material fill in the following:

To import machinery, equipment and other plant related material fill in the following:

Your application is processed by the Department of Primary Industry and Resources. You should allow five working days for approval.

Send your application using any of the below options:

By mail

Plant Biosecurity Branch
Biosecurity and Animal Welfare Division
Department  of Primary Industry and Resources
GPO Box 3000
Darwin NT 0801

By email

quarantine@nt.gov.au

If you need assistance you can call 08 8999 2118.

Contact

For more information about plant biosecurity and permits, email quarantine@nt.gov.au.

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Last updated: 22 September 2020

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