Bringing plants and animals into Western Australia
To protect our environment, many plants and animals cannot be brought into Western Australia, even from other Australian states.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) works together with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions to protect our wildlife from commercial exploitation, and from the introduction of exotic pests, diseases and weeds into the state.
Information about the inspections that may be done at the State barrier is available for download below.
If you illegally import animals or plants that are prohibited or restricted they can be seized, and penalties can apply.
A licence is required to import live native fauna and some fauna products into Western Australia. For more information, see the CEO licensing guidelines for importing fauna below.
A licence is also required to import exotic birds that are restricted species. For more information, see the section on restricted bird keeping and import permits.
A licence is required to export some fauna products from Western Australia. For more information, see the CEO licensing guidelines for exporting fauna below.
The regulations provide for the issue of a licence to keep listed fauna species as pets in Western Australia.
There are no restrictions to bringing in pet cats, dogs and most domesticated animals from other states, although you will have to meet local council regulations, such as pet registration and microchipping and comply with any requirements for crossing the border.
Planning to bring pets from interstate into WA?
CContact wildlife licensing well before your travel date. Even if your bird, reptile or frog is licensed in your state, you still need check if it can be imported into and kept in Western Australia.
Western Australia remains relatively free of pests and diseases that adversely affect our agricultural industries and environment. Plants, bulbs, flowers, soil and potting mix can carry pests and diseases that pose a risk, including the possibility of becoming weeds themselves.