Restricted or prohibited matter permit - Queensland


You will need a permit if you intend to deal with restricted or prohibited matter. Prohibited or restricted matter includes:

  • diseases, viruses or parasites
  • invasive animals and plants (e.g. pest animal or weed)
  • noxious fish
  • insect pests.

Restricted matter is biosecurity matter found in Queensland and has a significant impact on human health, social amenity, the economy or the environment. A person or business may apply for a restricted matter permit for purposes such as commercial use, biological control or scientific research. A restricted matter permit will allow the dealings, under specific conditions that would otherwise be restricted by the category requirements.

Prohibited matter is biosecurity matter that is not found in Queensland, but would have a significant adverse impact on our health, way of life, the economy or the environment if entered into the state. If you need to deal with prohibited matter or a potential carrier, you can apply for a scientific research, controlled dealings permit or another type of prohibited matter prescribed under regulation.

Please contact the agency for more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please contact the agency to identify any eligibility requirements.


Up to 3 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $470.27

Fees for 2023-24

Renew Renewal All $470.27

Fees for 2023-24

Transfer Transfer All $84.75

Fees for 2023-24

Vary Variation All $470.27

Fees for 2023-24

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Application process


To apply for a restricted or prohibited matter permit, you are required to submit your application and permit plan. The permit plan describes how you propose to deal with the prohibited or restricted matter.

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Contact details

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