Import Controls - Australian Government

Description

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 as prohibited import, where you are not allowed to import the goods
  • a restriction referred as 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.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

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.

Duration

Variable, depending on what is being imported.

Fees

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.

Forms

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

Act(s) name

Customs Act 1901 AG

Regulation(s) name

Customs Regulation 2015 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
Belconnen
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