Pet Travel to Australia


Pet Relocation

Before taking pets to Australia you must ensure that they meet all the conditions as set down by ‘DAFF Biosecurity’, Australia. There are very strict rules about bringing pets into Australia, which must be adhered to without question.

Although, as a general rule, relocating pets such as dogs, cats and horses to Australia are welcome but other pets such as Birds, Ferrets and Rodents etc are generally prohibited – that said, some cage birds may be imported from New Zealand only.

Pets relocating to Australia must have (or obtain) microchip identification. This must be arranged before the rabies vaccinations. On the pet’s arrival if the microchip number is not confirmed or the microchip is not the same number as that identified on the veterinary health documentation certificates the pet will be subject to six months quarantine, at the owner’s expense, or returned to the country of export from where the pet relocation took place.
All pet species which are accepted for pet relocation into Australia must be accompanied by a pet import permit which needs to be applied for well in advance of moving pets to Australia.

As from 1st January 2012 there have been some added changes to the pet relocation requirements governing those pets being imported from EU countries. This involves dogs and cats moving to Australia now having to be vaccinated for rabies, together with a blood-test to make sure that the vaccination had worked, which needs to be done at least 6 months, but no more than 12 months, in advance of the pet being relocated and to avoid six months quarantine for pets moving to Australia.

For complete pet import requirements on the relocation of pets to Australia follow the link –Pet travel requirements

Pet Shippers

When deciding to hire a Pet Shipper for moving pets it is important to get quotes from more than one Pet Shipper to consider both the quality of service and prices charged. On receiving pet travel quotes from several Pet Shippers, do not just consider the lowest price. Finding out more about the quote is important. For example, you need to know what services are included in the quote the pet shipper is offering. Some pet movers are priced higher than others but the high priced Pet shipper could be offering more services. In fact, such a pet shipper may even come cheaper if you consider all the extra services they will arrange for their fee. When you finally hire the pet shipper, for pet travel, ask for a break-down, in writing, of the total amount so that you are well aware of what services are included and covered by the agreed fee. There should be no hidden pet travel charges unless problems arise for which the pet shipper has no control over. Remember with pet travel, the pet shipper has no control over the airlines, has no control over any weather conditions and has no control over an aircraft going technical.

There is an estimated 33 million pets throughout Australia.
Throughout Australia pet ownership has remained statistically steady over recent years, the ACAC Report (7th Edition) show that they now stand at approximately 3.41 million pet dogs, or 36% of households owning a dog; and 2.35 million pet cats, or 23% of households owning a cat. In addition, there are an estimated 18.4 million fish, 8.1 million cage and aviary birds and over 1 million other type of pets including horses, rabbits, guinea pigs together with other small animals. With just over 8 million households, Australia has one of the highest incidences of pet ownership in the world.

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Dogs must not test positive for leptospirosis and therefore should not be vaccinated for this, do remember to discuss the matter with your veterinarian at the time of your dog’s boosters.
Pet Travel: All dogs have to be registered in Australia and in some states cats too. In some states there are additional restrictions on the number of pets you can own where a permit is required when more than two dogs are being kept by any one owner. Look up the regulations on the council website.
Pet Travel: All pets should be vaccinated against heartworm and in Queensland you need to ensure that your pets have paralysis tick prevention treatment. This is very, very, important as these ticks can kill. Speak to a local veterinarian about tick prevention treatments.
Pet Travel: Once you have collected your pet from Australia’s Quarantine Station and taken your dog home you need to register him/her with the local council. Just go in and fill out the form and they will give you a tag the dog must wear on his/her collar at all times – there is a very small charge for this.

1. It is mandatory to register dogs when they reach the age of three months
2. The registered owner of the dog must be a at least 16 years or over.
3. The registration is for one year and is renewable annually as at 1st July each year.
4. Dogs must wear a collar with the identification disc attached when in a public place
5. Owners of dogs must report to the Council immediately if:-
• the dog has moved to a different address
• if the dog dies or goes missing for more than three days.
• If there is a change of ownership.
There have been changes to the laws and the most currently advertised has been that dogs are required to be on a leash ( no longer than 2 metres in length ) whilst on public roads, footpaths and public places (except parks unless otherwise specified by the Council’s By-laws).

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The Presa Canario dog has been added to the list of prescribed breeds listed under section 4 of the Act. Although this breed is not banned from ownership, as with the other breeds already listed under this section, certain conditions apply to being allowed to keep this breed. The conditions are that the dog must be desexed, muzzled and on a lead of no longer than 2 metres in length when in public places, and all offences accredited to this breed attract higher penalties than other dogs throughout the Act.
It is mandatory to have all cats and dogs coming into New Zealand from other countries micro-chipped prior to entering New Zealand . Once you have collected your pet from New Zealand’s Quarantine Station and taken your dog home you need to register him/her with the local council. Just go in and fill out the form and they will give you a tag the dog must wear on his/her collar at all times – there is a very small charge for this.
Generally, Australia’s Boarding Kennels and Catteries are to a very high standard but it is advisable to visit the premises first before deciding to leave your pet in the care of any of them. The owner of a reputable Boarding Kennel ,or Cattery, will insist that your pets are fully up to date with their vaccinations in order to protect other boarders as well as your own.

The information on this page regarding pet travel to Australia is correct to the best of our knowledge