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.