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Customs and quarantine

Customs and Quarantine

The Australian Department of Home Affairs manages the security and integrity of the Australian border and assists people and cargo to move in and out of the country.

Learn more on importing goods to Australia.

For information on taking prescription drugs into Australia please contact the Therapeutic Goods Administration who administer policy and give technical advice on taking medications into Australia. Email: info@tga.gov.au Ph: +61 2 6232 8791.

If you have a specific question, please contact the Department of Home Affairs.

What items can be brought into Australia free of duty and tax?

Most personal items such as new clothing, footwear, and articles for personal hygiene and grooming (excluding fur and perfume concentrates) may be brought into Australia in your accompanied baggage, free from duty and tax.

For other goods, limits apply. These include goods that are purchased overseas and goods that are purchased in Australia duty or tax free (that have been previously exported), or from an inwards duty-free shop on arrival into Australia. Duty-free concessions do not apply to commercial goods.

There are no duty-free concessions on tobacco or alcohol for travellers aged under 18.

Can I bring it back?

The Department of Home Affairs provides information about items that can and can’t be brought to Australia. This includes information on restricted goods which may be brought into Australia with written permission.