Fees for government animal quarantine facilities for cats and dogs

​​​​​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources charges fees for use of our quarantine facilities when you are importing you cat or dog. These fees are calculated on a cost recovery basis.

Full details of the fees and levies for quarantine services can be found in the department’s charging guidelines.

Booking your cat or dog into quarantine

The process for booking your cat or dog into the department’s quarantine facility will involve the following steps and actions:

  • To make a tentative booking at a post entry quarantine facility you need a valid import permit.
  • Within 5 working days you will receive email confirmation of your tentative booking and an invoice that covers the set fee for quarantine accommodation.
  • You must pay this invoice in full to finalise and confirm your booking.
  • Approval to your airline to uplift will only be granted to animals with a confirmed booking.
  • A second invoice for variable expenses incurred during the quarantine stay will be provided to you via email before the animal’s release.
  • The second invoice must be paid prior to the release of your animal/s.

Invoices for quarantine fees

You will receive two invoices for the cost of your cat and/or dog’s stay in a quarantine facility.
The first (set fee) invoice includes: 

  • standard veterinary inspection of the animal and health certification
  • document assessment
  • an airline document charge
  • 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:

  • parasite treatment (if required)
  • additional days in quarantine
  • any other third party expenses incurred during the quarantine period.

This second invoice must be paid in full prior to release of your animal/s from the quarantine facility.

If circumstances change during the quarantine period, refunds or additional invoices can be issued to clients if applicable but will take time to process.

Payment of invoices

Payment is accepted by cash, EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Payment by bank cheque must be received at least 14 working days before collecting your animal/s.

No personal cheques will be accepted. Cash and cheques are not accepted at the facilities and must be paid at the regional offices.

Fees and charges

The following tables provide guidance on the fees and charges you will have to pay when your cat and/or dog spends time in the department’s quarantine facility.

Further to the fees and charges listed below, there may be other costs associated with:

  • import clearance
  • parasite treatment
  • veterinary care
  • other services provided for your animal/s while in quarantine.

These additional fees will appear on the second or final invoice.

All invoices must be paid in full before your animal/s can be released from quarantine.

Further fees and charges can be located in the department’s charging guidelines.

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Fees charged for quarantine services

Service

Notes

AUD$

Quarantine entry
(listed as ‘Lodgement-Manual’ on initial invoice)

Fee is charged for each animal

$33

Veterinary examination of animal and health certification  
(listed as ‘LAI In Office (1/4hr) Anim/Rep’ on initial invoice)

Fee per 15 minutes. This fee is charged for each animal.

$30 

Document clearance 
(listed as ‘LAI In Office (1/4hr) Anim/Rep’ on initial invoice)

This fee is charged for each animal. If additional information is required to complete document assessment an additional $40 per 15 minutes will be charged. 

$30 

PEQ importation chargeLevy$1200

Accommodation of a cat

Daily rate for the first cat

$29

Accommodation of an additional cat in the consignment*, if sharing accommodation with the first cat

Daily rate for subsequent cats

$29

Accommodation of a dog

Daily rate for the first dog

$29

Accommodation of an additional dog in the consignment*, if sharing accommodation with the first dog

Daily rate for subsequent dogs

$29

Any additional veterinary care 

Additional veterinary care, e.g. booster vaccinations, are provided by a private veterinarian 

 

Stowage of goods 

Animals not removed after quarantine finishes 

 

International Documentation Fee (IDF)

This fee is charged by the airline and is paid by the department on your behalf. Appears on the first invoice.

 

A consignment for this purpose is defined as dogs and/or cats being sent:

  • to Australia
  • at the same time from the one country of origin
  • with the same importer and exporter details listed on the import permit application.

Approximate quarantine costs for cats

Below is an example of how the charges are applied.

An International Documentation Fee (IDF) will appear on your first invoice. This fee is charged by the airline and is paid by the department on your behalf upon collection of your animal from the airport.

Note: This is an approximate cost only. The total cost will be confirmed by the quarantine facility after your cat's arrival.

Example of how charges are applied for a cat

Service

Notes

AUD$

Quarantine entry
(listed as ‘Lodgement-Manual’ on initial invoice)

This fee is charged for each animal

$33

Document clearance 
(listed as ‘Lodgement-Manual’ on initial invoice)

This fee is charged for each animal. If additional information is required to complete document assessment an additional $40 per 15 minutes will be charged. 

$30 

Veterinary examination of animal and health certification 
(listed as ‘LAI In Office (1/4hr) Anim/Rep’ on initial invoice)

Fee per 15 minutes (per staff member). This examination is conducted by Department veterinarian and facility staff member.

$30 x 2
($60)

PEQ importation chargeLevy$1200

Accommodation of a cat

Daily rate

$29 x 10 ($290)

Any additional veterinary care 

Additional veterinary care, e.g. booster vaccinations, are provided by a private veterinarian 

 

Airline document charge

Paid on behalf of importer by the department upon collection of animal from the airport.

 

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