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Importing Valuables into Australia

Import-valuablesIf you are coming as a permanent resident, you can bring pre-owned items of value into Australia tax/duty free. However, conditions may apply.

If you have kept the receipts of purchase, you should bring them.


Allowable valuables include the following:

  • watches
  • jewellery (e.g. wedding rings, necklaces, earrings, etc)
  • antiques and family heirlooms
  • works of art
  • cash
  • Valuables should be assessed by professional valuers in your country of origin.
  • Don’t forget to insure the items against loss or damage during shipping.
  • You must apply for a permit to import works of art, archaeological items, and heritage-listed pieces into Australia. Consult the Australian Customs and Border Protection website for more information.
  • There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency you can bring into Australia. However, amounts over A$10,000 must be declared.