Import or Export of Wildlife
The importation and export of regulated wildlife is governed by federal legislation, particulary the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth).
Rather than expressely prohibiting the importation and export of regulated wildlife, the legislation establishes a permit system and places stricter controls on certain animals.
CITES stands for the Convention on International Trade in Endangererd Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Australia is a signatory to the Convention. CITES classifies species in 3 groups:
- Appendix I: Highly endangered species
- Appendix II: Threatened species
- Appendix III: Endangered in some countries