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Australia - Shipping Requirements


Transport of Human Remains

1. An Import Permit is not required unless a death certificate is not available (refer to point 4 below).

2. A Quarantine Entry is not required.

3. The quarantine office at the port of entry should be notified prior to importation.

4. Bodies must be accompanied by an official certificate of death, or an extract of an entry in an official register, in respect of the person, showing the date, place and cause of death. Bodies that are not accompanied by documentation which shows the cause of death will require an Import Permit. Permit applications must be sent to AQIS Canberra office for assessment.

5. State laws apply to the handling of bodies and therefore only licensed undertakers may collect bodies at the point of import.

6. Bodies must be contained in an outer coffin or crate suitably prepared for transportation. The inner container must be hermetically sealed and may be made from lead, bronze, zinc, steel, aluminum or polythene plastic sheeting with a minimum thickness of 0.26mm. In the latter case, the polythene container must have all excess air removed and both ends hermetically sealed with double welds.

7. Recipients of non-embalmed bodies should be advised against opening the container. For non-embalmed bodies, the airline should confirm adherence to International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Technical Instruction (IT), chapter 8, note 602.

8. If the quarantine officer is not satisfied that the cause of death was other than from a quarantinable disease, the issue should be referred to AQIS Biologicals Program Canberra, by email, phone 02 6272 4578 02 6272 4578 or fax 02 6249 1798.

Transport of Cremated Remains

1. An AQIS Import Permit is not required.

2. The container used to hold the ashes must be free from contaminants such as soil.