The number of international visitors to Australia has grown by 11% in the past year to 8.3 million.
This is great news for Australian tourism, but an increase in visitors also increases the likelihood of biosecurity risk items being brought in.
In 2016, there was a 6% increase in the number of biosecurity risk items confiscated at Australia’s international airports, compared with the previous year. More than 273,000 items of biosecurity concern were seized.
Certain food, plant material (including wooden articles) and animal products are considered a biosecurity risk, as they can carry pests or diseases that can impact on Australia's industries, environment and economy.
These items must be declared on your incoming passenger card and in some instances they may not be allowed in, because they pose a high risk.
If you or someone you know is planning a trip to Australia soon, visit www.agriculture.gov.au/travelling/to-australia for information on what can and can’t be brought into Australia.
It can save you time, money and help ensure that deadly biosecurity risks stay out of Australia.