Plants and quarantine

Plant import permits

You must have a permit to import the following into the Northern Territory (NT):

  • plants and plant products
  • hay and other fodder
  • soil, compost and potting mix
  • machinery, equipment and other plant related material used in agriculture.

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

Find out more below and how to apply for a permit.

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You must apply for an import permit if you want to bring any plants and plant products into the NT.

This includes:

  • parts of plants other than seeds
  • pulp or dried material and
  • samples to be submitted for diagnostic or laboratory testing.

From 1 January 2021, you must apply for an import permit if you want to bring any hay or other fodder into the NT.

This includes:

  • hay such as pasture plants that are cut and dried
  • other fodder such as any unprocessed and dried feed (including hay) that is given to livestock to supplement or replace their diet.

Before you apply

Declared pests including ant, snail and fungi species may contaminate hay and other fodder during or after harvest. They can be introduced into the NT through imports of these products.

The pests of concern vary between state and territories within Australia as do the measures used for their management.

For the NT, permits will be issued to cover multiple consignments across a 12-month period. The $37 permit fee is also currently waived until further notice.

Before you import

When you import hay and other fodder, you must ensure a vendor declaration travels with the product.

You must also send a copy along with details of the product to the plant biosecurity branch. You must do this within five days of the product arriving in the NT.

For more information, contact the branch using the contact details below.

You must 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.

You must 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.

You may also need to provide evidence from the state or territory of origin proving the material has been treated or cleaned appropriately.

The importer must be the person listed as the applicant in the application. Location details for the storage of the imported materials must also be included.

To apply, follow these steps.

Step 1. Fill in the relevant application

To import plants and plant products, you must fill in the:

To import hay and fodder, you must fill in the:

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

To import machinery, equipment and other plant related material, you must fill in the below application:

Step 2. Submit your application and pay permit fee

When you submit your application, you must also pay the $37 permit fee.

This fee applies to all permits except for hay and other fodder which is currently waived until further notice.

You can pay the fee:

You can submit your application by mail or email to:

Plant Biosecurity Branch
Biosecurity and Animal Welfare Division
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade
GPO Box 3000
Darwin NT 0801
plantbiosecurity@nt.gov.au

Your application will be processed by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade. You should allow five working days for approval.

Contact

For more information about plant biosecurity and permits, call 08 8999 2118 or email plantbiosecurity@nt.gov.au.

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Last updated: 06 October 2021

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