Notice to Industry – Pigeon Imports
This purpose of this webpage is to assist importers with the submission of information/applications to the department for the import of pigeon consignments.
This document is provided for information only. To the extent that this document is inconsistent with any import permit, direction, industry notice or authorisation to enter a quarantine isolation facility, the terms and conditions of the import permit, direction, industry notice or authorisation to enter a quarantine isolation facility take precedence and will apply. Failure to comply with a condition of an import permit, direction, industry notice or authorisation to enter a quarantine isolation facility may constitute an offence.
Submission of applications and documentation
The following table summarises the timeframes for submission of forms and applications. Information regarding the details of these is not covered in this document. Details are available on the department’s website and/or via the relevant contacts listed below.
Application or form to be submitted by the importer
Date or time
Booking the quarantine facility
On or before 30 April during the calendar year prior to import
Complete the Application for booking at PEQ – Avian Compound
Apply for import permit
Six (6) months prior to import
See the application forms on the department’s web site.
Within one (1) week after the pigeons have entered PEQ
At least seven (7) business days prior to scheduled arrival of pigeons in Australia
On arrival in Australia
In accordance with the department’s Biosecurity Cost Recovery Implementation Statement, importers are required to pay all costs associated with the importation and quarantine of imported pigeons and sentinels, including health certification/documentation assessment and assessment/management of any non-compliances. Live pigeons are a high-risk import commodity. Importers will be required to pay all costs, even in the event that the consignment does not meet import requirements and is not eligible for release from biosecurity control.