The Australian Government Department of Agriculture has released new guidelines for the importation of dogs, cats and other animals into Australia.
The good news is, that in most cases, when you are moving to Australia and wish to bring the family pets, that the duration of time in quarantine has been reduced and can be as little as 10 days.
The website which explains the rules includes a calculator that brings up a timetable of what you need to do based on the date you want to arrive in Australia and the country you are coming from.
Visit the government website to find out the process for bringing your pets to Australia.
Remember, that Tasmania also has guidelines for the importation of animals. We are a small island off a big island and need to protect our environment. You need to meet the Australian quarantine requirements and also those relevant to Tasmania, which you can find here.
This recent story is from The Age newspaper provides some more information on the Australian quarantine changes.
New rules to bring quick release from quarantine for imported pets
Cats and dogs arriving in Australia will be released from quarantine much more quickly, with the federal government announcing people could be reunited with their pets in as little as 10 days.
A quarantine system overhaul will cut the minimum time pets are held from the current 30 days.
The change follows an announcement earlier this month by Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce of a policy that places greater confidence in departure systems in other countries, particularly in relation to rabies. The Agriculture Department has created an online calculator providing a step-by-step timeline of required veterinary visits, permit applications and quarantine bookings, depending on where the animal is coming from. Animals are no longer required to stay in an ”approved” country for six months before coming here.
Agriculture Department first assistant secretary Tim Chapman said the changes were a result of ”rigorous scientific analysis and evidence”.
”The increased emphasis on pre-export treatment means we can achieve this reduction in post-arrival quarantine while keeping Australia safe from exotic pests and diseases,” he said.
Category one and two countries, which include rabies-free nations such as New Zealand, South Pacific countries, Bahrain, Japan and Hawaii, do not require rabies vaccination or testing before importation.
Category three, which includes Europe, China, the US, much of Asia and the Middle East, has more requirements and pet owners should refer to the calculator.
Import bans still apply to breeds such as pit bull terriers and serval and serval-mix cats.
People can apply for the new conditions from December 2, with the changes to come into effect from February 3.
Australian Veterinary Association national adviser Kevin Doyle said long quarantine periods – up to 18 months – were previously required because diagnostic technology was not available to determine if an animal had been exposed to rabies. ”Recent developments in regards to vaccination technology and diagnostics, as well as microchipping, have allowed the reduction in time periods in quarantine,” he said.
Dr Doyle said microchipping provided certainty that the animal being exported was the one that had been certified as rabies-free.
Are you intending to bring your pets to Australia when you move? Do the changes make this more likely?