Australian Nicotine Prescription

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

Last update: 9th March 2024

Per 1st of January 2024, VapeCloud is no longer shipping any of our vape products to Australia to comply with New Zealand vaping regulations.


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. It’s possible the ABF will intercept your package and ask you to provide proof for your prescription. (If not uploaded)

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 no longer shipping vape products to Australia due to recent aping regulations.

Apart from that we will regularly update this page to keep our Australian customers informed should there be any changes in regulations.

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.