Licence to Export or Import Live Fish - Australian Capital Territory


You will need this licence if you intend to export or import live fish from or into the Australian Capital Territory. Due to the potential damage that may be caused by the introduction of non-native species there are limited circumstances in which import or export is permitted. These purposes include:

  • private collection
  • education
  • public exhibition
  • breeding
  • scientific and zoological analysis.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • be considered suitable for a licence
  • have the required knowledge and experience to correctly handle the fish
  • not have been convicted or found guilty of an offence relating to nature conservation.


1 year


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $50.15

Fees for 2023-24

Act(s) name

Fisheries Act 2000 Australian Capital Territory

Additional information

There are other considerations including:

  • the potential effect the export or import of the fish may have on live fish species native to the Australian Capital Territory
  • whether the fish are subject to any other restrictions under other conservation legislation
  • how the fish are to be stored and transported.

Administering agency

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate