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Importing or exporting animals into or out of Australia

TImportation of live animals (including companion animals, birds and horses) into Australia must comply with the Department of Agriculture protocol relevant to the country of origin.

We offer diagnostic tests to facilitate animals moving internationally.

ests may be required to ensure that the animals are free from certain diseases.

When taking live animals overseas (including companion animals, birds, horses and livestock), most countries require that they be tested to confirm freedom from certain diseases before they are allowed entry.

Steps in the export process, requirements for testing and a list of veterinarians accredited for collecting samples for testing can be obtained from the Department of Agriculture.

Other international animal movements

The Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) also offers testing for customers outside of Australia, to facilitate animal movements around the world. It is advisable to check which tests are required with the importing authority of the country concerned.

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Laboratory Services portal

  • Details of tests available including price lists and submission forms are available from our Laboratory Services portal.
  • Once registered with the portal you can develop customised submission forms and access a range of other services.



Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness
5 Portarlington Road
East Geelong
Vic 3220 Australia

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