Fees for government animal quarantine facilities for cats and dogs

We charge fees for use of the post entry quarantine (PEQ) facility in Mickleham, Victoria, when you are importing your cat or dog into Australia. These fees are calculated on a cost recovery basis.

The minimum cost for one cat or dog to undergo a minimum 10 days quarantine isolation is approximately $2000. There may be additional fees if the animal needs extra parasite treatments, veterinary care, an extended stay in quarantine or other services.

Note: separate fees apply for cat and dog import permit applications.

Fees are subject to change without notice. It is the importer’s responsibility to keep up to date with changes to fees, policies and procedures.

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

Find out how to book your cat or dog into the Mickleham PEQ facility.

Invoices for quarantine fees

You will receive two invoices for the cost of your animal’s stay in the PEQ facility.

The first (set fee) invoice includes:

  • standard veterinary inspection of the animal and health certification
  • document assessment
  • an International Documentation Fee (IDF) charged by the local airport freight handler
  • the daily rate for quarantine accommodation.

These fees are the set minimum charges that can be calculated for your animal ’s quarantine isolation period. You must pay this invoice in full before we will confirm your booking.

The second (variable expenses) invoice includes any additional fees due to circumstances such as:

  • subsequent inspection/s caused by non-compliant or incomplete documentation arriving with the animal
  • subsequent daily fees where import conditions have not been met
  • transportation costs caused by delayed flights
  • service fees if your animal requires hospitalisation in the case of an emergency
  • any other third party expenses incurred during the quarantine isolation period.

Payment of invoices

You must pay your account in full before your animal’s release from the PEQ facility. If the release date falls on a weekend or public holiday, you must pay all invoices in full by close of business on the last business day before the release date.

Payment for post entry quarantine facility invoices must be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) through the Post-Entry Quarantine Reservations system.

If circumstances change during the quarantine isolation period, the department may issue refunds or additional invoices (if applicable) but processing times apply.

If you have any queries about fees and payment, please email the Booking and Invoicing team.

Fees and charges

The following table outlines the set fees and charges for cats and dogs completing post entry quarantine.

Additional fees may apply.

Service Notes AUD ($)
Initial Booking Fee
(Listed as PEQ initial husbandry fee – Dog or Cat on invoice)
Fee is counted towards first night’s stay (Daily rate AUD $29) $29
Inspection fee
(Listed as PEQ Inspection, in office, 30 mins on invoice)
Fee per 30 minutes. This fee is charged per animal $60
Document assessment
(Listed as PEQ Doc Assessment, in office, 30 mins on invoice)
Fee per 30 minutes. This fee is charged per animal $60
Quarantine accommodation
(Listed as PEQ daily husbandry fee – Dog or Cat on invoice)
9 days stay x daily rate AUD $29 $261
Importation charge
(Listed as PEQ Importation charge – Dog or Cat on invoice)
Levy $1200
Release appointment
(Listed as ‘Recovery of Airline Handling charge’ on invoice)
Terminal Service Fees (charged per airway bill number)
This fee is charged by the airline and is paid by the department on your behalf upon collection of your animal from the airport.
Accommodation of an additional dog or cat in the consignment* Daily rate for subsequent dog or cat $29
Overstay accommodation of cat/dog Daily rate $29
Any additional costs
Out of hours collection fee per animal
(Listed as OOH Out of office non cont  - weekday or weekend – PEQ on invoice)
Weekends & public holidays
Any additional costs
For example: Non-compliance fees or grooming appointments
Fee per 30 minutes. This fee is charged per animal $60
Any additional veterinary care Additional veterinary medical care provided by a private veterinarian upon request   

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

  • to Australia
  • at the same time from the same country of export
  • with the same importer and exporter details listed on the import permit.
Last reviewed: 19 November 2020
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