The Office of Drug Control (ODC) provides accessibility to controlled substances for medical and scientific purposes. Permission is required to import or export controlled substances.
The list of controlled substances is established in conjunction with the international treaties Australia adheres by along with restricting substances identified specifically for the safety of the Australian public. For this reason, this list is subject to change as regulations and requirements are updated.
ODC issues licences and permits for the import and export of controlled substances under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Act 1956 and the Customs (Prohibited Exports) Act 1958. Australian Border Force manages customs control for controlled substances at the border by ensuring the relevant permits allow for a consignment of a controlled substances to enter or leave Australia.
This information is issued as guidance only and does not have formal regulatory status. It does not replace any legislation or any relevant considerations that must be made in accordance with any legislation. If you are intending to import or export a controlled substance you should satisfy yourself that you are complying with all relevant legislation.
Importers and exporters
See our controlled substances list to find out whether the substance you are seeking to import, or export requires a licence or permit.
If the substance you are seeking to import, or export, requires an import or export licence or permit please visit the application forms section of this website and complete the relevant forms.
This list should not be used for persons travelling to Australia with their medication. If you need to enter or leave Australia with medication, read the information for travellers.
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