Australia

** The veterinarian must be approved and accredited by the Government Veterinarian Authority of the pet’s departing country. If the pet is departing Canada, the veterinarian used must be CFIA approved. 

** All dates must be written in the ISO (International Standards): dd/mm/yyyy

** All documentation must be completed in blue ink

Requirements

1. Microchip

The pet must be implanted with a microchip that is compatible with international standards (ISO 11784/11785). Microchip Implantation Record must be provided. Microchip must be implanted before the rabies vaccination.  During import inspection upon arrival in Australia, if the microchip is not confirmed, not functional, not identical or inconsistent with the Rabies neutralising antibody titre test (RNATT) laboratory report, import permit or health certification, the animal(s) will be re-exported, returned to Canada or euthanased. 

 

2. Vaccinations

Dogs:

Valid Certification of DHLPP Vaccination within 1 year of importation.

Valid Certification of Rabies Vaccination within 1 year and 4 weeks prior importation. The pet must be at least 90 days old at time of first vaccination.

Recommendation of Bordatella (kennel cough) Vaccination within 1 year and 4 weeks prior importation 

Recommendation of Canine Influenza H3N8 Virus (CIV) Vaccination within 1 year and 4 weeks prior importation. 

The following blood tests need be conducted within 45 days before transport to Australia:

Ehrlichiosis: The dog must produce a negative test result using the Indirect Fluorescent Antibody Test at a dilution of 1:40.  Within 24 hours of blood draw, the dog is treated with an external parasite treatment against ticks. 

Brucellosis: The dog must produce a negative test result by means of a serum agglutination test.  Once this test is conducted, the dog must not mate or be inseminated prior to transport. Desexed animals are exempt from the Brucella canis blood test.

Leptospirosis: The dog may either be tested for or vaccinated for L. canicola.
Testing: The dog must produce a negative test result by means of a microscopic agglutination test.  These results need to be less than 50% agglutination at a serum dilution of 1:100.  If the dog’s test result is greater than 1:100 but less than 1:800, it can be re-tested 14 days or more after the first test.  These second results must also be less than 1:800. If the result is 1:800 or more, they are ineligible for import into Australia.  

Vaccination: Vaccination may be a simpler and more cost effective option, however vaccination against Leptospirosis is not recommended within 6 months of export. The pet’s high antibody response will most likely result in ineligibility for export to Australia.

All original results must travel with the pet during transport, and be recorded on the Import Permit.

Cats:

Valid Certification of FVRCP Vaccination within 1 year of importation.

Valid Certification of Rabies Vaccination within 1 year and 4 weeks prior importation. The pet must be at least 90 days old at time of first vaccination.

3. Rabies Neutralising Antibody Titre Test (RNATT)/ Fluorescent Antibody Viral Neutralization (FAVN) Blood Test

This blood test must be administered to cats and dogs, two (2) to three (3) weeks after the rabies vaccination, by a Canadian and Australian approved government facility. The blood test results must be 0.5 IU/ml or above. Acceptable test results remain valid for 2 years from the date the blood sample was collected, so it must be conducted within this timeframe to be valid for transport. The microchip is scanned prior to the Titre test. The 180-day quarantine period begins the day this test is conducted. If there is a need to retest, it must be done within this one (1) year window so not to extend the quarantine period.

4. Quarantine

Pets must undergo a 180-day quarantine period from the date the blood sample for the Titer test was collected. During this period, the animal can travel to any country but all tests, treatments and examinations undertaken for the purposes of importing the animal to Australia must be undertaken in an approved country by a government approved veterinarian. 

Post entry quarantine in Australia is a minimum of ten days and only longer if the animal is found on arrival to not comply with the import permit conditions, except those related to the RNATT in which case the animal is returned to the country of origin of export or euthanased at the cost of the importer.

5. Import Permit

Once the results for the Titre test have been received, the import permit must be obtained from the Australian Government. Copies of all vaccine stickers must be provided to obtain import permit. 

6. Tick & Tapeworm Treatment

For dogs, within 24 hours of blood test for Ehrlichiosis, they must have an external parasite treatment against ticks. 

24-48 hours prior departure, the pet needs to have a final examination and be administered an internal and external parasite treatment by a veterinarian. 

Internal Parasite Treatment: Pets must be treated with a product approved for the treatment of nematodes and cestodes ie. Drontal. 

External Parasite Treatment: Pets must be treated with a product approved for the treatment of ticks and fleas.  Only washes and rinses that prevent ticks and their bites are acceptable. 

Unacceptable products are oral products, injections, medicated collars and any products that rely on the parasite biting the pet.  

The date, time, treatments, active ingredient and dose rate are recorded on the Veterinary Certificate. 

7. Veterinarian Health Certificate 

The pet must be accompanied by a Veterinarian Health Certificate, available at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/anima/heasan/export/petcom/petcome.shtml
The Veterinarian Health Certificate must be completed after the final intestinal parasite treatment and veterinary examination prior to export. Both the Veterinarian Health Certificate and veterinary examination must be issued within 5 days prior to export. 

8. All of the original documentation must travel with the pet

9. Complete all of the preparatory procedures outlined in The VIP Sitters Pet Relocation Guide for Cats & Dogs

Quick Check

  • Microchip
  • Vaccinations
  • Rabies Titer Test/ Fluorescent Antibody Viral Neutralization (FAVN) Blood Test
  • Quarantine
  • Import Permit
  • Tick & Tapeworm Treatment
  • Veterinarian Health Certificate
  • All of the original documentation must travel with the pet
  • Complete all of the preparatory procedures outlined in The VIP Sitters Pet Relocation Guide for Cats & Dogs