You can only bring your cat or dog into Australia under strict import conditions. These safeguard our agriculture, environment, native and domestic animals, and our people. They are based on rigorous scientific analyses to manage biosecurity risks.
Our biosecurity rules have changed
From 1 March 2023 there are new quarantine requirements for importing cats and dogs to Australia. These will affect the time some pets spend in quarantine.
Learn more about the new measures.
Read frequently asked questions about importing cats and dogs.
You must import your cat or dog directly from an approved country.
The conditions your cat or dog must meet can vary depending on the approved country. Your cat or dog must also undergo veterinary preparations and certification in the approved country before you import them to Australia.
From 1 March 2023 there are new measures in place for importing cats and dogs into Australia.
Find out more about how to import your cat or dog.
Microchip numbers in cats and dogs
Cats and dogs intended for import to Australia must be identified by a microchip that can be read by an ISO compatible reader.
It is vital that you ensure accurate recording of microchip numbers in cats and dogs intended for import to Australia.
Read about recording accurate microchip numbers in cats and dogs intended for import to Australia.
Other animals and reproductive material
Find out how to import other live animals and reproductive material.
Post entry quarantine facility and bookings
Find out more about the post entry quarantine facility in Mickleham, Victoria.