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Issue 17

Export of Australian Native Plants, Wildflowers and Products made from Native Plants.

Notice No 29 . From the net - the Environment Australia site (http://www.biodiversity.environment.gov.au/). I include this as it is of importance to all who grow and process our native foods. I encourage you to find out more as I found it confusing - and a little worrying! The Ed.

About Wildlife Import and Export Controls

The Act controls the export of most Australian native animals and plants and fulfils Australia's legislative requirements as a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Export of native Plants

Trade in most Australian native plants (including products made from plants) is strictly regulated. To export any Australian native plant a permit must be obtained from Environment Australia - Wildlife Protection, in Canberra

Personal Exports

A permit is not required for artificially propagated plants which are the personal property of a person departing Australia and which are not intended to be used for any commercial purposes, including sale, lease, hire or exchange;and

A permit is not required for plants taken under an approved management program in Western Australia which are the personal property of a person departing Australia and which are not intended to be used for any commercial purposes, including sale, lease, hire or exchange.

A permit is required for all other personal exports of plants and plant material, other than the exemptions listed below. The conditions for exporting plants are as per commercial exports below.

Commercial Exports

The export of Australian native plants may be permitted when the plants have been taken from an artificial propagation or harvesting operation approved by Environment Australia.


Certain Australian native plant specimens may be exported without a permit or an authority. These are listed on Schedule 4 to the Act and include the following:

all seeds (excluding foxtail palm Wodyetia bifurcate seeds), spores, pollen, tissue culture or flasked seedling culture.

fruit (whether or not containing seeds or spores) not attached to any part of a plant of a species not listed on Schedule 2.

timber, bark and wood chips.

an article derived from timber.

oil distilled or otherwise extracted from a plant of the genus Eucalyptus.

A plant specimen that has been granted protection under the

Plant Breeders Rights Act 1994 (as amended from time to time), except for species included in Schedules 1 and 2 of this Act.

specimen that is, or is derived from, a plant that is an artificially propagated hybrid of one or more Australian native species where the parental plant species do not naturally hybridise.

plant specimen that is, or is derived from a plant of a species specified in Part V(A) (cultivars).

Artificially propagated native flowers and foliage, or wild harvested native flowers and foliage from Western Australia or Queensland limit: three bunches per person

Products that are processed and contain 'bushfood', made from fruit, nuts or foliage of Australian native plants.

Plus -

Acacia baileyana

Araucaria heterophylla Hardenbergia violacea

Oil derived from the processing of the leaves, or other parts, of: Acacia dealbata

Acacia decurrens

Backhousia citriodora Boronia megastigma

Callitris collumellaris Callitris glaucophylla Callitris endlicheri

(There were a very large number

of Eucalyptus, Melaleucas and

Issue 17, Autumn 2001

Export of Australian Native Foods in Dubai

Native Plants cont'd

Leptospermum listed - I have not included them here). Santalum spicatuin

Syzygium oleosum = Syzygium luehmannianum

Oil, fruit, husks and shells derived from:

Macadamia integrifolia Macadamia tetraphylla Macadamia integrifolia x

tetraphylla Acacia paradoxa

The import and export of wildlife and wildlife products may also be subject to controls administered under the Quarantine Act. Information about quarantine matters may be obtained by contacting the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS), phone (02) 6272 3933.

For Further Information Please Contact

The Director

Wildlife Protection Environment Australia GPO BOX 787

CANBERRA ACT 2601 Telephone: 02 6274 1900; Facsimile 02 6274 1921

Bushfoods at the Hilton

Chef and contributor the magazine, Brian Lizotte, has just returned from an Australian Native Food Promotion in Dubai. Brian was a guest chef for two weeks at the Hilton Dubai and found the response from other chefs and diners was 'astounding'. Of the 36 international chefs Brian worked with, only 1 had ever come across Australian native produce previously. Brian, who owns and run Lizotte's on the Bay in Hardys

Bay (NSW) was bubbling on his return, 'They were just astounded at what we had and how little people know of it. Their enthusiasm was just amazing. I can really foresee big things for our native foods here.' Brian said. The promotion was so successful that it may become a twice yearly event. Whether it does or not, the two week native food promotion will do great things for our bushfood industry.

From the Hilton menu:

Baked ricotta with bush tomato

Wattle seed and orange hummus

Crispy emu proscuito with sweet grilled melon

Freshly steamed asparagus spears with Lemon myrtle hollandaise

Salad with a range of dressings - Lemon aspen, Forest berry, Sesame wild lime and soy, Macadamia nut and Kakadu plum Lemon myrtle chicken curry on Munthari rice pilaf

Charred kangaroo fillet with Dorrigo pepper and red wine jus or quandong chilli sauce

Riberry and white chocolate bombe

Wild lime and blue gum honey cheesecake

Munthari bread and butter pudding, Lemon ironwood syrup and wattle cream...

and more. Brian can be contacted on 02 4360 1600 or brian@lizotte.com.au.