Plant biosecurity permits
Are you importing items into NSW that pose a risk of introducing a pest of disease?
Several acts of parliament in NSW including the Plant Diseases Act 1924 and the Noxious Weeds Act 1993 regulate the bringing into NSW of items that pose a risk of introducing a pest, disease, or weed that is not present in NSW. It is your responsibility to identify the regulatory requirements associated with importing items into NSW. This website provides a guide to the regulatory requirements associated with some common items that are imported into NSW.
Certification/Inspection requirements for common items imported into NSW
Do I need certification or inspection?
Used agricultural equipment
Western Australia, South Australia
A Plant Health Certificate is required to be obtained from the Department of Agriculture WA or Biosecurity SA prior to movement from WA or SA certifying the place in which the machinery was last used and that machinery has been cleaned to remove all soil and organic matter (call WA - 08 9334 1800 and SA - 08 8207 7820). This must be faxed or emailed to NSW DPI 7 days prior to movement along with the intended date of movement, and details of the consignor and consignee email@example.com or fax 02 6391 4723
Border Inspection (see below)
Grapes and grapevine plant material of any kind, vineyard equipment, and related products
Movement requirements for grapes, grapevine plant material of any kind, vineyard equipment, and related products are determined based on the presence or absence of the pest Grapevine Phylloxera at the origin and destination.
See the Current Maps (Phylloxera management zones) for further information.
Additional treatments are needed when grapes are moved from within a current Queensland Fruit Fly outbreak area.
Queensland Fruit Fly
|Certification or permit may be required.|
Earth moving machinery
Red Imported Fire Ant
Certification may be required
Permit may be required
Other commonly imported items that may require a permit include pot plants, turf, fruit, potatoes including seed potatoes, rice and associated machinery, and containerised trees.
A permit is a special written approval issued by an inspector of Biosecurity NSW that enables a movement to occur that would not normally be permitted under current regulatory requirements. To inquire about obtaining a permit email your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply for a permit, download the application form below, complete it and fax to 02 6391 4723 or scan and email to email@example.com and your application will be assessed by a Plant Biosecurity Officer. You can use the Guide to completing the Plant Permit application form to assist.
Notification Form for movement and planting of Musaceae (banana plant) propagative material in the NSW Banana Protected Area
Before moving or planting bananas into or within the NSW Banana Protected Area you must notify a Biosecurity Compliance Officer in writing of the proposed movement or planting.
The NSW Banana Protected Area (BPA) (PDF, 462.96 KB) includes the NSW eastern seaboard extending from Kempsey to the Queensland border.
To lodge a Notification Form, download the form below, complete it and post to NSW Department of Primary Industries, PO Box 530, Coffs Harbour 2450 or fax to 02 6651 2780 or scan and email to firstname.lastname@example.org for assessment by a Biosecurity Compliance Officer.
The movement of banana material into NSW from other States and Territories is also regulated. Contact 1800 084 881 if you intend to introduce banana plant material (excluding fruit) into NSW.
Border Inspection for Parthenium Weed
Before bringing grain harvesting equipment into NSW, you must contact the relevant crossing office and arrange for an inspection at the border.
Regulated items include:
- Grain harvesters including comb and trailer
- Grain bins
- Augers or similar
- Pilot vehicles and vehicles transporting the harvesting equipment.
A permit will be issued to allow for movement of equipment within NSW upon passing inspection. Inspection is mandatory and moving a header or associated machinery from Qld anywhere in NSW without a permit is an offence. 48 hours notice is required for inspection during busy times.
See below for contact telephone numbers to arrange an inspection.
|Goondiwindi||Graham McGovern||(07) 4671 1227||0437 373 089|
|Tallwood||Bev & Peter Schnitzerling||07 4677 1183|
|Mungindi||Marie Nolan||02 6753 2323||0428 532 018|
|Vida Faulkner||0457 027 486|
|Hebel||Chris Conolly||07 4625 0916||0429 650 642|
|Shelley Johnston||07 4625 0917|
|Bourke||Bourke Shire Council||02 6830 8000||0419 722 055|
|Tweed Heads, Qld border||Paul Veares||0429 039 050|
For further enquiries about Parthenium Weed inspections contact Geoff Payne on 02 6626 1246 or 0428 678 311.
Interstate Contact Details
The importer must ensure that they meet the requirements for any State or Territory through which the consignment passes while in transit to NSW.
Northern Territory (www.nt.gov.au) (08) 8999 2138
South Australia (www.pir.sa.gov.au) 1300 666 010
Victoria (www.depi.vic.gov.au) 136 186
Queensland (www.daff.qld.gov.au) (07) 3404 6999
Western Australia (www.agric.wa.gov.au) (08) 9334 1800
Tasmania (www.dpiw.tas.gov.au) 1300 368 550
Australian Capital Territory (www.tams.act.gov.au) (02) 6207 6376