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Bringing cats and dogs to Australia

​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Use the calculator below as a guide on how to prepare your cat​ or dog for import into Australia.

Cats and dogs can be imported to Australia under strict conditions designed​ to manage biosecurity risks. For the import conditions applicable, view the step-by-step guides and the pre-export preparation calculator below.

I​f your country of export does not appear in the calculator you will need to prepare your animal usi​ng the non-approved country via Group 2 or 3 country step-by-step guide.

You will not require a permit to import a cat or dog from New Zealand or Norfolk Island, however conditions apply.

​To ensure compliance with the import conditions:

  • ​​do not 'mix' the earliest and latest date
  • read in conjunction with the appropriate step-by-step guide.

If your country of export does not appear in the calculator you will need to prepare your animal using the non-approved country via Group 2 or 3 country step-by-step guide.

​​Different conditions apply for the importation of a​ssistance dogs.

If you wish to import reproductive material or animals other than cats or dogs, view Live animals and reproductive material information.

Online reservations available

You can now make an online reservation in the post entry quarantine (PEQ) facility in Mickleham, Victoria.

Post entry quarantine facility

Find out​ more about the post entry quarantine facility in Mickleham, Victoria.​​​

Microchip numbers

It is vital that your cat or dog’s microchip is scanned at every stage of the import process and the unique number is accurately recorded on all import documentation. 

Failure to do so will almost certainly result in extensive delays and additional costs to you.

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