Australian Nicotine Prescription

This page does not constitute legal advice and provides general information only.

Last update: 8th December 2022

From 1 October 2021 the Australian Government and Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA) will require Australian vapers to hold and present a valid prescription from an Australian medical practitioner for all purchases of any nicotine vaping products, such as e-cigarettes, vape pods and e-liquid. 

This includes products dispensed in Australia and imported by the patient directly from overseas.

Below you can find the flowchart by TGA outlining the steps leading to dispensing the prescription.

a flowchart of Australian Nicotine Prescription

Key points of Australian Nicotine Prescription and what VapecloudNZ is doing:

    1. All Australian vapers who wish to make a purchase of any vape products should have a valid medical prescription. 
    2. We ship all our vape products to Australia and require all of our Australian customers to email us a copy of their prescription to contact@vapecloud.co.nz after an order has been made.
    3. It’s possible the ABF will intercept your package and ask you to provide proof for your prescription. (If not uploaded)
    4. VapecloudNZ cannot reimburse you for any seized shipments nor be liable for any fines levied by any authority – the onus is on you to ensure that you are compliant with any and all laws.

Frequently Asked Questions about Australian Nicotine Prescription

Where can I get a prescription for Nicotine?

You need to consult to your GP to obtain vaping prescription from them. If you haven't got one, you can check out list of Authorised Prescribers published by TGA. Otherwise, you can use an online service (like Quit Clinics) to provide your prescription. You just need to input your medical and smoking history, after a review from a doctor, you'll get your prescription issued within 24 hours.

What is VapecloudNZ doing regarding this regulation?

We’re shipping orders as normal, and we require Australian customers to send prescriptions to contact@vapecloud.co.nz after making a purchase. 

You can upload either an image/photo of your prescription, or a PDF file. 

Apart from that we will regularly update this page to keep our Australian customers informed should there be any changes in regulations that will impact how VapecloudNZ delivers vape products to Australia.

Will I have to upload a prescription each time?

Yes. As prescriptions are considered sensitive private information, we’ve chosen to prioritize privacy and safety and will therefore not store prescriptions on a long term basis.

Is there a limit on how much I can order?

According to the Personal Importation Scheme you can order a three-month supply of your prescribed nicotine products.

VapecloudNZ does not enforce these limits / order quantities.

Will the Australian Border Force stop my parcel?

Absolutely not. From a logistics standpoint, there is no mechanism or legal requirement to include physical or digital prescriptions with any shipment into Australia under the Personal Importation Scheme. As such, there is no way for any authority to know if a prescription is enclosed in a package. Unless they pay somebody to physically open the package, read the prescription, and take the time to match the prescription with the e-liquids or other vape supplies inside. This scenario will be very unlikely considering the massive numbers of packages coming to the country daily.

What will happen If ABF stops my parcel?

Australian Border Force (ABF) has the power to stop your import at the border.

If there is no prescription enclosed in the package;

  • The ABF can refer the import to the TGA for assessment.
  • The TGA will then contact you to ask for a copy of your prescription.

If you send the TGA a copy of your prescription, they will instruct the ABF to forward your package to you.

If you do not provide a copy of your prescription, the TGA has the power to request that the ABF forfeit (destroy) the goods.