Ineligible Items

To avoid disappointment when planning a removal, it's important to know what items can and can’t be moved.

Items requiring attention before being transported:

Some items can be moved but have to be properly prepared before the are loaded into a vehicle. These include:

Gas BBQs Lawn mowers or other gardening equipment that contains flammable liquids Pool Chemicals
Fire Extinguishers Plants Animals

However, there are steps you can take to make it possible to have the removal company move them for you. For example:

  • The BBQ gas cylinder needs to have the gas extracted and should be certified by an authorised gas company prior to being transported.
  • Lawn mowers and other gardening equipment should have the petrol drained from the tanks. If you are sending these items local, interstate or into store, they will also need to be cleaned of any dirt or garden matter.

Don't ever release gas from its container. This gas is invisible and in many instances has no odour. It will sit at ground level waiting to explode.

Items ineligible for removal:

Particular items are or may be ineligible for removal in a removal van or truck. These items may be classified under the following categories:

  • Prohibited dangerous goods;
  • Plants (certificate may be required);
  • Animals;
  • Collections and special interest items (depending on company policy);
  • Items in unclean condition.

You are required to understand company policy regarding these items. The following descriptions are minimum requirements regarding these items.

Animals & Plants

As a general rule, animals and plants such as domestic fowls, live stock, pot plants, shrubs etc, cannot be accepted for transport in a removal vehicle.

  • Animals are moved by pet transporters by arrangement, see other services.
  • Plants under Department of Agricultural Certificate


Rifles may be removed only in accordance with appropriate State or Federal law. Your Removalist can supply you with a copy of the necessary information.

Prohibited Dangerous Goods

Some commodities cannot be accepted fro transport by air, sea or road under general conditions. The following table contains examples within their applicable class:

Class 1: Explosives

  • Ammunition
  • Flares
  • Fireworks
  • Black Powder

Class 2: Flammable Gases

  • Oxygen
  • Acetylene
  • L.P.G.
  • Methane

Class 3: Flammable Liquids

  • Petrol
  • Paints
  • Turpentine
  • Methylated spirits

Class 4: Flammable Solids

  • Matches
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorous
  • Firelighters

Class 5: Oxidising Substances

  • Calcium Hypochlorite
  • Ammonium Nitrate
  • Sodium Nitrate
  • Hydrogen Peroxide

Class 6: Poisonous and Toxic Substances

  • Pesticides
  • Weed Killers
  • Photographic developers
  • Arsenic

Class 7: Corrosive Substances

  • Oxides
  • Caustic Soda
  • Hydrochloric acid
  • Sulphuric acid

Class 8: Miscellaneous

  • Scuba tanks
  • Gas cylinders
  • Aerosol cans
  • Explosive devices

Gas cylinders must be carried in accordance with company policy and the appropriate dangerous goods code/legislation. If you need more information, this can be obtained from any government or technical book shop.

For clarification of anything that appears on this page, please call our office on 1300 420 958