Information on adding your 'Goods details'

Select the goods you are moving from the 'Type of cargo' drop down.

Add a detailed description of the goods to the ‘Description of goods’ field, for example:

Cartons: Clothes, books and tools.
Container: Container number 123456 contains 1 x fridge, 1 x washing machine, 2 x boxes of books, 1 x box of clothes.
Tools: Steel toolbox with carpentry tools.
Pallet: Dance items including: 2 x drums, 5 x traditional dance headgear(Dari),5 x bows, 5 x arrows.
Freezer/Eskys: Foam esky with fish fillets.
Machinery/Vehicles: 1 x blue Toyota Hilux Rego: 123 ABC.

The 'Do your goods contain any of the following' questions are to prompt the person in charge of the goods to declare any products that require a permit to move between the Torres Strait Protected Zone to the Torres Strait Permanent Biosecurity Monitoring Zone, and any Torres Strait Island to mainland Australia.

Products which require a permit include:

Untreated hides or skins or other animal products.
Meat or dairy products (excluding canned items).
Fresh fruit and vegetables.
Live animals, including insects.
Live plants, including cuttings, seedlings or plant products.
Poultry products, including eggs or feathers with skin still attached.

Please click on this link for more information on which goods require a permit and how to apply for one.

If you require further information about moving goods within the zones or from Torres Strait to mainland Australia, or there is no officer available at the point of departure, contact the Thursday Island office on +(07) 4212 0185 or by email

Biosecurity Approval Notice

Please note: Check availability of Biosecurity officer to pre-clear your goods on the island of departure before completing this application form

Contact details of person in charge (having control of goods):

Goods details:

Please provide address where goods are moving from:

Do your goods contain any of the following:



Giving false or misleading information is a serious offence. You may also be liable to pay a civil penalty.

Privacy policy

'Personal information' means any information or an opinion about an identified individual, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable. 'Personal information' that is collected under or in accordance with the Biosecurity Act 2015 is also 'protected information' under the Biosecurity Act.

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment collects your 'protected information' including personal information in relation to this document under the Biosecurity Act for the purposes of conducting biosecurity risk assessments on the movement of goods from the Torres Strait Protected Zone to Torres Strait Permanent Biosecurity Monitoring Zone, or from either of these zones to Australian territory, and related purposes. If you fail to provide the relevant personal information requested in this document, the department will be unable to complete a full biosecurity risk assessment and/or contact you should future biosecurity risks emerge. Information collected by the department will only be used or disclosed as authorised under the Biosecurity Act.

The department may disclose your personal information to other Australian agencies, including the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and Australian Border Force. It will not usually be disclosed overseas. In every case, it will only be disclosed if authorised by the Biosecurity Act.

See our Privacy Policy webpage ( to learn more about accessing or correcting personal information or making a complaint. Alternatively, telephone the department on +61 2 6272 3933.