28 June 2022
Who does this notice affect?
This notice is for all pet transport companies and importers of cats and/or dogs to Australia.
What has changed?
The department has noticed an increase in microchip numbers being incorrectly recorded on permit applications, RNATT laboratory reports and RNATT declarations. The incorrect microchip number is often not identified until the cat or dog is close to their date of export.
A government approved veterinarian must scan the microchip at each veterinary visit. The scanned microchip number must be correctly recorded on all documentation.
Cats and Dogs intended for import to Australia must be identified by a microchip that can be read by an ISO compatible reader. Microchip numbers starting with 999 are not acceptable because they are not unique.
There is a requirement that RNATT laboratory reports do not have amendments relating to the microchip number.
Consequences of incorrectly recorded microchip numbers
If the microchip cannot be read or is recorded incorrectly in the cat or dog's documentation, the cat or dog cannot be imported to Australia.
Applicants may be required to provide further information to verify microchip numbers. If the microchip number is incorrect on a laboratory report, a new test will be required using a fresh sample collected from the animal, after the microchip number has been re-scanned and verified by the veterinarian. This process leads to increased costs and extended waiting periods, which often causes distress to importers.
What you can do
Ensure the preparing veterinarian scans and verifies the animal’s microchip number before taking blood or performing other procedures in preparation for export.
Confirm the microchip number is correctly recorded on all documents prior to applying for an import permit.
If an error is detected, contact email@example.com as soon as possible for advice. Do not have a laboratory report changed before contacting the department.