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System Maintenance

Date this alert was on the Cats and Dogs homepage: 03 April 2014 - 6 April 2014
Alert conditions still apply unless otherwise notified.

The eLodgement system and ICON import conditions search function will be unavailable between Sunday 6 April 2014 20:00 AEST until 02:00 AEST Monday 7 April 2014.


eLodgement System Maintenance

Date this alert was on the Cats and Dogs homepage: 26 March 2014 - 30 March 2014
Alert conditions still apply unless otherwise notified.

Please be aware that on 30-31 April, 2014 the eLodgement system will be unavailable between 8pm-4am Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time (AEDST). Please apply for your import permit before or after these times.


Post Entry Quarantine Facility Operating Hours Over Christmas and New Year 2013-2014

Date this alert was on the Cats and Dogs homepage: 20 August 2013 -
Alert conditions still apply unless otherwise notified.

The following arrangements will apply for the period from Thursday 19 December 2013 until Thursday 2 January 2014.

DAFF Holidays:

  • Wednesday 25 December – Christmas Day public holiday
  • Thursday 26 December – Boxing Day public holiday
  • Wednesday 1 January – New Years Day public holiday

Animal Arrivals:

The last collection of animals by DAFF from Sydney and Melbourne airports will occur on Thursday 19 December 2013. Arrangements for Perth will be confirmed and notified in due course. Normal collections from the airports will resume on Thursday 2 January 2014.

Visiting Hours:

The quarantine facilities will be closed for visiting over the Christmas/New Year period from Thursday 19 December 2013 until Thursday 2 January 2014.

Animal departures:

Animals can be collected from the quarantine facilities as per the holiday and weekend collection hours for each facility.

Please refer to the individual facility pages for further details. It is recommended that you regularly check the DAFF website as information on the Christmas/New Year period may be updated throughout 2013.

 


Byford Quarantine Facility

Date this alert was on the Cats and Dogs homepage: 21 May 2013 - 4 July 2013
Alert conditions still apply unless otherwise notified.

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) is reopening the Byford quarantine facility in Perth, Western Australia on 17 June 2013. 

Byford was closed during a period of heightened and ongoing risk of bushfires in the surrounding area and concern for pets and all users of the facility.

Now that the bushfire risk has passed, the facility will recommence the intake of animals from Monday, 17 June 2013.

DAFF will be contacting people who have applied to import their pets through Byford shortly. 

Please see the FAQs for more information.


Proposed changes to cat and dog import policy

Date this alert was on the Cats and Dogs homepage: 26 July 2012 - 25 September 2012
Alert conditions still apply unless otherwise notified.

DAFF Biosecurity is reviewing the policy that determines the import conditions for cats and dogs coming to Australia. The draft policy has now been released for public comment.

The draft policy and instructions on how to provide your comments are available at Review of importation of dogs and cats and their semen.

 The review focuses on the exotic pest and disease risks associated with the import of cats and dogs. The review is based on rigorous scientific analysis and international experience regarding biosecurity measures including the use of rabies vaccination, approved treatments and laboratory testing. The proposed changes to the policy will support DAFF Biosecurity’s move to a risk-based approach for managing Australia’s biosecurity system.

 Among other changes, the draft policy review proposes a reduced quarantine period for cats and dogs when they arrive in Australia.

 All comments will be considered carefully before any changes to import conditions are introduced. When the new policy is finalised, an implementation date will be announced. In the meantime, the current import conditions will apply.

 The current import conditions for cats and dogs are available at Bringing cats and dogs to Australia website.


Rabies vaccination requirements for UK, Malta, Republic of Ireland, and Sweden

Date this alert was on the Cats and Dogs homepage: 19 September 2011 - 16 January 2012
Alert conditions still apply unless otherwise notified.

From 1 January 2012, cats and dogs from the UK, Malta, Republic of Ireland, and Sweden will be required to have a rabies vaccination and rabies titre test prior to entry into Australia.

For specific details, please refer to the Information Package 4 - Quarantine requirements for the importation of cats and dogs from AQIS approved countries in which rabies is absent or well controlled.


Rabies vaccination requirements for Cyprus

Date this alert was on the Cats and Dogs homepage: 19 September 2011 - 23 November 2011
Alert conditions still apply unless otherwise notified.

Effective immediately, cats and dogs from Cyprus are required to have a rabies vaccination and rabies titre test prior to entry into Australia.


Changes to booking and invoicing

Date this alert was on the Cats and Dogs homepage: 25 August 2011 - 16 March 2012
Alert conditions still apply unless otherwise notified.

Please be aware, due to change in departmental policy, from 1 February 2012, payment for quarantine accommodation for your animal/s will be due at the time of making a booking at your chosen quarantine station. Fees are subject to change without notice. It is the responsibility of the client to regularly visit the AQIS website for information on updates or amendments to AQIS fees.

Changes to Booking and Invoicing Processes:

  • The new booking and pre payment system is scheduled to be implemented on 1 February 2012.
  • There will be no change to current payment processes
  • A tentative booking will only be taken against valid Import Permit/s.
  • An invoice will be created for set fees at the time of making the tentative booking.
  • A tentative booking will only be confirmed when payment is receipted for this invoice.
  • Approval to uplift will only be granted to animals with a confirmed booking.
  • A second invoice for variable expenses will be generated during the quarantine period
  • The second invoice must be paid prior to release of your cat/s and/or dog/s

The first (set fee) invoice includes AQIS veterinary inspections, document assessment and the daily rate for quarantine accommodation. These fees are the set minimum charges that can be calculated for your animal/s quarantine period.

The second (variable expenses) invoice includes the airline handling fees, parasite treatment (if required), additional days in quarantine or any other third party expenses incurred during the quarantine period. This second invoice will need to be paid in full prior to release of your animal/s from the quarantine facility.

If circumstances change during the quarantine period, AQIS can issue refunds or additional invoices to clients.


Quarantine Station Operating Hours Over Chistmas and New Year 2011-2012

Date this alert was on the Cats and Dogs homepage: 27 May 2011 - 09 January 2012
Alert conditions still apply unless otherwise notified.

The following arrangements will apply for the period from Monday 19 December 2011 until Tuesday 3 January 2012.

AQIS Holidays:

  • Monday 26 December –Christmas Day public holiday
  • Tuesday 27 December –Boxing Day public holiday
  • Wednesday 28 December- Australian Public Service holiday
  • Monday 2 January – New Years Day public holiday

Animal Arrivals:

The last collection of animals by AQIS from Sydney, Melbourne and Perth airports will occur on Wednesday 21 December 2011. Normal collections from the airports will resume on Tuesday 3 January 2012.

Visiting Hours:

The quarantine stations will be closed for visiting over the Christmas – New Year period.

Animal departures:

Animals can be collected from the quarantine stations as per the holiday and weekend collection hours for each station.

Please refer to the individual station pages for further details. It is recommended that you regularly check the AQIS website as information on the Christmas/New Year period will be updated throughout 2011.


Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) vaccination for dogs from the USA

Date this alert was on the Cats and Dogs homepage: 18 January 2011 - 19 September 2011
Alert conditions still apply unless otherwise notified.

Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) vaccination will be a mandatory condition for dogs being exported from the USA with an import permit issued after 1 April 2011. For more details refer to Informat​ion Package 4.


New fee schedule from 7 Aug 2009

Date this alert was on the Cats and Dogs homepage: 03 August 2009 - 07 January 2010
Alert conditions still apply unless otherwise notified.

All cats and dogs that enter Australian quarantine on or after 7 August 2009 will be charged according to the new fee table.

The fee increases are necessary to ensure that we can maintain our service levels to importers, as well as our commitment to managing the quarantine risks associated with imported animals through the implementation of post arrival quarantine.

To simplify the fee structure individual services currently charged and new services not previously charged have been merged into the daily accommodation rate for cats and dogs.


Proposed Increase to Daily Accommodation Fees

Date this alert was on the Cats and Dogs homepage: 30 April 2009 - 03 August 2009
Alert conditions still apply unless otherwise notified.

Please note that proposed increases to the fees and charges for the post arrival care and quarantine of imported cats and dogs at Government operated quarantine stations are likely to be introduced in May-June 2009. These fees are yet to be endorsed by the Government, confirmation of an implementation date will be provided once this has occurred.

To ensure that service levels provided to importers can be maintained as well as our commitment to manage the quarantine risks associated with imported animals through the implementation of post arrival quarantine, it is necessary for the program to increase the fees.

In order to simplify the fee structure and provide an easily determinable quarantine cost for importers, individual services currently charged and new services not previously charged have been merged into the daily accommodation rate for dogs and cats.

Please note that conveyance will no longer be charged and that all other charges outlined above will still apply.


Last reviewed:
05 Mar 2015