Western Australia’s seed import requirements

Page last updated: Monday, 2 October 2023 - 8:04am

Please note: This content may be out of date and is currently under review.

Western Australia has in place conditions for the importation of seeds to avoid the introduction of pest and diseases into the State. This page summarises seed import requirements and conditions and lists approved seed testing laboratories in Australia and overseas.


Western Australia is free from a number of serious plant pests, diseases and weeds which are present elsewhere in Australia, such as sorghum midge, mango seed weevil, nodding thistle and horsetails. If introduced into Western Australia many of these pests, diseases and weeds would be potentially devastating to agricultural and horticultural industries through loss of production, extra production costs and reduced access to export markets.

It is for these reasons that conditions are in place for the interstate movement of plants and plant products such as fruits, seeds, cuttings, and other plant parts. Imported consignments must be presented for inspection to Quarantine WA upon arrival in Western Australia.

Quarantine WA undertakes inspection and surveillance services for the import and export of Quarantine Risk Material (QRM) with the aid of Quarantine detector dogs, X-ray equipment, a container declaration system and random container inspections.

Consignments are inspected by quarantine inspectors at premises approved through Quarantine WA. Quarantine WA objectives are to prevent the introduction and establishment of exotic plants, animal pests and diseases, by effectively regulating the risk pathways associated with interstate movement and trade.

On the pages that follow you will find information on:

  • Seed import requirements – these requirements are subject to change. Regular verification of current requirements is recommended, to check seed import requirements please visit the Quarantine WA Import Requirements Search webpage.
  • Approved Seed Testing Laboratories in Australia and overseas.
  • Seed mixes and blends.
  • Summary of restricted seed types.

For additional information, please contact: Quarantine WA Seeds Officer

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
Level 1, 24 Fricker Road, WA 6105
Tel: +61 (0)8 9334 1800; Fax: +61 (0)8 9334 1888
Email: QWA_SeedsOffice@dpird.wa.gov.au

(see Interstate quarantine services contact list)


Contact information

Quarantine WA Imports - Seeds