Licence to Import Vaping Goods - Australian Government


You will need this licence if you intend to import disposable vapes and other vaping goods, including devices, accessories, and substances.

A vape is a device (already filled with a vaping substance or not) that generates or releases, using a heating element and by electronic means, an aerosol, vapour or mist for direct inhalation by its user.

A vape accessory is a cartridge, capsule, pod, vial, dropper bottle, drip bottle or other vessel that contains, or designed to contain, a vaping substance.

A vaping substance is a liquid or other substance intended for use in a vape, or nicotine in solution in any concentration, including in salt or base form.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, you must:

  • hold any relevant licence or approval under State and Territory laws for supplying vaping goods
  • be registered for the Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN).

Please note that a licence in itself does not authorise the importation of vaping goods. A permit to import each specific type of vaping good is required. You will generally only be eligible to obtain a permit to import vapes if those vapes are included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods or meet new notification requirements under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989.

If you are intending to import a Regulation 5 substance (drug) such as cannabis oil which is contained within a disposable vape or a vape accessory, you will also need to apply for a licence to import narcotic or psychotropic substances and a permit to import narcotic or psychotropic substances.


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Act(s) name

Customs Act 1901 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 Australian Government

Administering agency

Department of Health and Aged Care

Office of Drug Control

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