Export Controls - Australian Government


You must apply for permission from the Australian government if you intend to export goods to a country outside of Australia that have been classified as restricted goods. The approval or permit required is determined by the type of goods being exported and must be issued by the appropriate authority or agency.

If you intend to export something out of Australia that falls under any of the following categories, you should review the Agency website for clarification on how to receive permission to export:

  • biological agents
  • endangered animal and plant species, cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises), cat and dog fur
  • credit cards
  • cultural and heritage goods
  • firearms, parts, accessories, ammunition, defence and strategic goods
  • diamonds - Kimberley Process
  • hazardous waste
  • human blood and tissue
  • security sensitive ammonium nitrate (SSAN) and ozone depleting substances / synthetic greenhouse gases
  • pornography and other objectionable material
  • asbestos, certain chemical compounds, prescription medicines, drugs and precursor substances
  • nuclear material, radioactive sources and radioactive waste
  • toothfish
  • wine and brandy.

Please note that not all types of each category of goods mentioned in the above list require a permission to export. However, it is recommended that you consult the Agency prior to exporting any of these types of goods, as they will inform you if you require permission.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please consult with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.


The duration of the export approval issued may vary according to the intended activities.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Fees will vary depending on your circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Export Forms (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Customs Act 1901 AG

Regulation(s) name

Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958 AG

Administering agency

Department of Home Affairs

Client Services

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

General Enquiries

Client Services

Department of Home Affairs

Operating address: 6 Chan Street
Australian Capital Territory 2617
Mailing address: PO BOX 25
Belconnen, Australian Capital Territory 2616
Phone: 02 6264 1111
Phone: 13 18 81
Fax: 02 6225 6970