Import Controls - Australian Government


You must apply for permission from the Australian government if you intend to import an item into Australia that has been classified as a restricted item. The Australian government controls the import of certain goods into Australia. The controls include:

  • an absolute prohibition referred to as a prohibited import, where you are not allowed to import the goods
  • a restriction referred to as a restricted import, where you need to have written permission in order to import the goods.

Importers are responsible for ensuring goods can be imported and for providing adequate assurance at the border that the goods being imported meet regulatory requirements. You must seek information from the Agency to ensure that you comply with Australian law.

Importing prohibited or restricted goods without the relevant written permission or licence faces penalties including seizing of goods and penalties of up to $525,000 or 10 years imprisonment, or both.

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.


Variable, depending on what is being imported


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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Fees will vary depending on your circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.


Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
General All Prohibited and Restricted Goods (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Customs Act 1901 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Customs Regulation 2015 Australian Government

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.