Glossary of terms
Below is a list of terms used in the information for cat and dog import permit applications and their definitions.
You must submit the following with your import permit application.
Original documents are not required to complete the import permit application
Part of the application for a permit to import disability assistance dogs.
A breed is defined as a type or form of animals within a species having a distinctive appearance and typically having been developed by deliberate selection.
If the dog has never been vaccinated against CIV, two vaccinations must be given. The interval between the two vaccinations may vary according to the brand of the vaccine. Ask your preparing veterinarian for advice.
Further information is available on the department's website:
Further information is available on Group 2 countries on the department's website.
Group 2 countries include:
American Samoa, Bahrain, Barbados, Christmas Island, Cook Island, Falkland Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawaii, Iceland, Japan, Kiribati Mauritius, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.
Further information is available on Group 3 countries on the department's website.
Group 3 countries include:
Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Canary and Balearic Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jersey, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Malaysia (Peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak only), Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Netherlands—Antilles & Aruba, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, the Republic of South Africa, Reunion, Saipan, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland (including Liechtenstein), Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States (including the district of Columbia, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands (but excluding Guam and Hawaii), Uruguay.
The government veterinary service or equivalent in the country of export.
The approved country from which the dog is consigned to Australia.
The approved country in which the animal was prepared for export to Australia and the Veterinary Certification is completed.
A laboratory that is approved by the competent authority in the country of export for conducting all pre-export tests. These laboratories can be in another approved country.
Government approved/ accredited veterinarians work in clinical settings. They have been approved/ accredited by the government of the exporting country for the preparation (scanning for microchips, clinical inspections, collection of blood samples, treatments etc) of cats and dogs for export. They must prepare paperwork for presentation to the official government veterinarian to give them confidence that the export preparations have been performed in accordance with the import conditions.
Further guidance for government approved veterinarians preparing dogs and cats to Australia -
A hybrid is defined as the result of interbreeding between two species or subspecies of animals, including interbreeding between a domestic or listed specimen and a wild species or wild sub-species, or between two wild species, regardless of the generational distance from the wild specimen/s.
Dogs must be identified by a microchip that can be read by an Avid, Trovan, Destron or other ISO compatible reader.
Both cestodes and nematodes belong to the helminth, or worm, class of organisms. These multicellular eukaryotic organisms act parasitically upon host organisms, meaning they live inside another creature.
A country that is not approved by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources for export. Countries that are not listed in the group listings above are non-approved countries. Details on what you need to do to import a cat or dog from a non-approved country can be found on the department website.
A veterinary officer usually employed by the competent authority (veterinary administration) in the exporting country. Official veterinarians generally do not work in a clinical setting. Official veterinarians are authorised to sign certificates on behalf of the government of the exporting country and have access to the government stamp.
|Para-veterinarian||Para-veterinarians (para-vets) are workers who assist veterinarians or undertake animal health activities in places where professional veterinary expertise is not available. They are not registered veterinarians but they have animal health training and are recognised by the competent authority in their country. They are authorised by this competent authority to fulfil the role that an approved or official veterinarian would typically fulfil in some circumstances.|
This certificate is an attachment A to your import permit and lists the import conditions your animal must meet in order to be eligible for import into Australia.
Rabies Neutralising Antibody Titre Test (RNATT) Declaration
|RNATT date||The date the blood sample was collected for the Rabies Neutralising Antibody Titre Test (this date can be found on the test results or the RNATT declaration).|
|See Government Approved Laboratory, above.|
|The act of disembarking from a vessel and spending time in an approved arrangement site prior to being loaded onto another vessel|
|The act of passing through a port without disembarking from a vessel (stopover)|