When dealing with quarantine-status material, researchers have a responsibility to comply with the Commonwealth Biosecurity Act 2015, and all associated regulatory requirements, before and after the importation or exportation of materials.

Researchers wishing to import materials from overseas should determine whether they require an Import Permit from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Biosecurity division (formerly the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service, AQIS).

In addition, some quarantine-status material must be stored or handled in a Quarantine Approved Premise (QAP).

If your work requires containment within a Class 5.2 QAP facility, please contact Jess Hall on ph. 7221 8353; email:

Additional Information

For general information regarding biosecurity and quarantine, please refer here.

Information regarding the Biosecurity Import Conditions System (BICON) can be found here.

More specifically, information regarding BICON import permits is here.

It is the responsibility of individual researchers wishing to import quarantine-status materials to understand and fulfil the requirements of Biosecurity. However, some Schools within the University have existing import permits that may cover certain importation needs. For the Schools of Medicine and Biological Sciences, please contact the following people for advice in this regard:


School of Medicine

Dr Garry Taylor
Phone:    (08) 8204 4872

An updated list of the current permits held by the School of Medicine can be found here.

School of Biological Sciences

Ms Leslie Morrison
Phone:     (08) 8201 2916

If you are a member of another School, please contact relevant members of your School regarding any permits they may already have that may be useful to you.

RSO Role

The Research Services Office keeps a copy of all import permits. Therefore, researchers or administrators must provide an electronic copy of any granted import permit to:

Dr Peter Wigley
Manager, Research Ethics and Integrity
Research Services Office