Easter is coming

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) are commencing their education of Australia’s citizens on what they are allowed to bring or send into Australia for this upcoming Easter Holiday (Good Friday being the 14th April, Easter Sunday 15th April).

The DAWR’s website is chock full of information on cultural and seasonal events and the goods that are / aren’t permitted to enter into Australia.

Food, plant and animal products that you bring or send into our country may introduce foreign pests and diseases that could devastate our valuable agriculture and tourism industries, and our unique environment. Before these goods are allowed into the country, they are assessed by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources using X-ray, detector dogs and manual inspection.

If you are sending or bringing goods to Australia for a cultural or seasonal event, or returning from an event overseas with souvenirs, you will need to:

  • be aware of what goods pose a high risk to Australia and may require treatment or destruction
  • use our advice about safe alternative goods or souvenirs
  • declare anything you are bringing or sending, so that it can be inspected by our staff at the border.

This will help you to avoid delays, extra costs, or loss of goods that are considered high risk.

Items that do not pose a biosecurity risk and are permitted:

  • artificial flowers
  • chocolate
  • personalised photo items
  • cooked cakes
  • biscuits
  • buns

Items that may require treatment at your expense:

  • blown or painted egg shells
  • dried plant material, such as grapevines or straw

Do not bring or send:

  • fresh fruit or plant material
  • raw or cooked whole eggs
  • uncanned animal products, including cooked lamb and pork
  • used egg cartons

To read about other importations for cultural and seasonal events head to the Department’s website.