What is Drug Importation/Exportation ?
The importation of border-controlled drugs is a federal offence under ), Schedule 1, Regulation 307 of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth). Importing or exporting a border-controlled drug is a Commonwealth offence and the penalties that can be imposed are harsh with the majority of offenders sentenced to a jail sentence.
The term “import” is defined in the Criminal Code as importing a substance into Australia and includes bringing the substance into Australia; and dealing with the substance in connection with its importation. This is a new definition and was inserted into the Commonwealth Criminal Code in January 2011 following the decision of Campbell v Regina (2008) 73 NSWLR 272.