Non-Prescribed Goods

This information will give you preliminary information for exporting Non Prescribed Goods.

The Australian government issues certification for Non Prescribed Goods which are specific goods that are derived from animals and plants e.g. various products that fall into categories such as animal by-products, wool, skins and hides, inedible blood, rendered meats, prepared dry pet food, alcoholic beverages, processed foods, cosmetics and nutritional supplements.

We can assist you with exporting non prescribed goods if the importing country requires certification from us. It is the responsibility of the exporter to obtain the importing country requirements e.g. import permit or accredited copy of importing country requirements. The importer should be able to assist you with obtaining these requirements. The information must be provided to the department by the exporter. Supporting documentation will be required should any endorsements be required on the certificate. Audits may need to be carried out for some commodities. Your business name and your commodity may need to be listed on our database and/or the importing country’s database before you can export these items.

Note that some countries do not accept post departure certification. If your commodity is detained after exporting you will need to provide us with written documentation from the importing country authority giving the reason why it is detained and the requirements for its release. In certain circumstances we may not be able to assist you.

For further information on exporting non-prescribed goods and the application process and fees, contact your regional departmental office. This free call number will connect you to your nearest regional office: 1800 020 504 or contact your regional office.

Legislation - The Export Control Act 1982, the Export Control ( (Prescribed Goods—General) Order 2005 provide the legal framework for both Prescribed and Non Prescribed Goods.

Exporters must meet both the requirements of the Act and its subordinate legislation and any importing country quarantine requirements to enable us to provide the necessary documentation for commodities to be exported.

The ACT specifies that goods are ‘prescribed’ or ‘non-prescribed’.

Association links

Australian Food and Grocery Council
Australian Hide Skin and Leather Exporters Association Ltd
Australian Honey Bee Industry Council
Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
Australian Renderers Association Inc
Petfood Industry Association of Australia
Therapeutic Goods Administraition

Last reviewed:
24 Feb 2014