Receiving unwanted seeds

If you receive unsolicited seed packets in the post, you must report it.

Imported seeds are a significant biosecurity risk.

They can carry harmful diseases or invasive species which can have a serious impact on agriculture industries.

What you should do

Do not plant the seeds or throw them in the bin.

Secure the seeds within the original packaging and seal in an envelope or plastic bag.

How to report

To report unsolicited seeds, follow these steps:

Step 1. Contact the plant pest hotline on 1800 084 881.

Step 2. Drop the seeds off at one of the following Northern Territory collection points for destruction:

  • Berrimah Farm Science Precinct
  • Northern Territory Farmers Association Coolalinga office
  • Katherine Research Station
  • Arid Zone Research Institute (Alice Springs)
  • Barkly House (Tennant Creek).

For contact details, go to the Department of Primary Industry and Resources website.

Step 3. Fill in the seed analysis and destruction submission form DOCX (73.1 KB).

Printed forms are also available at all seed collection points.

Step 4. Place the completed form with the seeds in the collection bin.

You can also drop seeds off at these locations anonymously for destruction.

More information

For more information and advice, contact the plant pathology by calling 08 8999 2261 or emailing

To find out more about bringing or mailing goods, go to the Australian Government's Department of Agriculture website.

Last updated: 22 September 2020

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