What can I bring into Australia?

A Guide For Travellers

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service has a guide for international travellers to familiarise themselves with Australia’s prohibited goods laws and also the Tourism Refund Scheme (TRS) and personal duty-free concessions.

Visit Know Before You Go to view this guide in one of 14 languages (English, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese).

Quarantine – Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry (DAFF)

Airports Program officers are trained to apply risk management techniques to identify and appropriately deal with items carried by incoming passengers that could threaten animal, plant or human health, or harm Australia’s environment. Basically they ensure the effectiveness of quarantine clearance of incoming aircraft passengers and their baggage at international airports.

Other key functions undertaken by Airports staff include: clearing incoming aircraft; monitoring for insect vectors of human disease; managing under the direction of the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) the arrival of passengers with symptoms of quarantineable and prescribed human diseases; and conducting auditing and surveillance of quarantine waste treatment and disposal arrangements.

These responsibilities are prescribed in legislation, including the Quarantine Act 1908, relevant regulations and proclamations, as well as various international agreements/conventions.

All passengers arriving into Australia from overseas are subject to DAFF processes which includes surrendering certain foodstuffs, x-raying of luggage and physical inspection of some natural items, for example wooden artefacts, carried in passenger’s luggage. For more information please visit the DAFF website.