If you work with biological material or in areas where work with biological material is being undertaken, you need to be aware of and abide by the relevant legislation, standards, procedures and guidelines that apply to you and the work you're performing. Read the Biosafety Policy [2.40.01] for more information.

Transporting biological material and animals

The Transport of Biological Materials Procedures [2.40.11] explain the requirements for transporting biological material considered to be biological hazards, including including infectious substances, diagnostic specimens and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

If you are transporting:

If you are transporting dangerous goods, we recommend you use an IATA-approved courier. If you are transporting goods frequently or in large volumes, you may find it useful to complete dangerous goods transport or IATA packaging training.

Importing and exporting biological material

Check if you need a permit

If you intend to import or export biological material, you need to determine what kind of permit you require, if any. Consult the:

Apply for a permit

To apply for an import permit from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, first contact your local BICON (Biosecurity Import Conditions System) administrator to request to be registered on the account for your organisational area. See the Importing or Working with Quarantine Material Guidelines [2.40.10] for more information, including specific requirements for in vivo work.

For goods on the Defence and Strategic Goods List (DSGL) that require a permit, apply for an export permit.

BICON account administrators

Faculty or institute Organisational unit Administrators
Science Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Kerry Vinall
  • Kaye Vockensen
Science Biological Sciences
  • Miller Zivkovic
  • Kerry Condon
Science Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
  • Kelly Cosgrove
  • Jasmyn Cridland
Science Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Michael Tobe
  • Emma Gleeson
Science Veterinary Sciences
  • Myat Kyaw-Tanner
  • Rochelle Price
Science Australian Equine Genetics Research Centre (AEGRC)
  • Ann Trezise
Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) Social Science
  • Emilija Nicolosi
  • Alison Growther
Health and Behavioural Sciences (HABS) Pharmacy
  • Marie-Odile Parat
  • Leanne Ritchie
Health and Behavioural Sciences (HABS) Queensland Alliance for Environmental (QAEHS)
  • Suzanne O'Hagan
Health and Behavioural Sciences (HABS) Dentistry and other
  • Leanne Ritchie
Medicine All
  • Paul Lovelock
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology (EAIT) All
  • Ryan Anderson
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology (EAIT) Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC)
  • Ryan Anderson
  • Anjani Weerasekara
Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) All
  • Janelle Scown
  • David Garcia
Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) All
  • Maria Somodevilla Torres
  • Linda McVann
Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) All
  • Ross Dixon
  • Nick Nacsa
Institute for Molecular Biosciences (IMB) All
  • Sonya Watson
  • Jill Bradley
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) All
  • Libby Humphries
  • Maria Caldeira
Biological Resources (UQBR) All
  • Rebecca Bruce
  • Emily Duggan
Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI) All
  • Simon Nevin

Endangered species CITES restrictions

CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

To determine if any plants or animals you wish to work with, import or conduct research on have a CITES restriction:

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