Importing and keeping introduced animals in Western Australia

Page last updated: Thursday, 14 March 2019 - 2:24pm

Information is provided on the requirements for importing and keeping introduced birds and mammals in Western Australia (WA).

Management of introduced animals

Primarily introduced species have been declared by the Minister for Agriculture and Food, Western Australia as either prohibited organisms or permitted organisms under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act).

The bulletin Importing and keeping introduced animals in Western Australia (see side of page) lists those animals which can be kept under a permit in aviculture, as pets or companion animals and stock. Other animals which don’t require a permit to keep but have other keeping or import requirements may also be listed.

Be responsible and legal – obtain a permit before acquiring the animal and then abide by the permit keeping conditions.

People keeping animals without the appropriate permits or not complying with permit conditions can be prosecuted and may forfeit their animals.

Western Australian Organism List (WAOL)

WAOL is an online database of declared animals, plants, and pathogens (organisms) in WA. The database contains information about each organism’s declaration status, the control and keeping categories and quarantine conditions.

The following information is available in WAOL;

  • declaration status (section 11 permitted organism; section 12 prohibited organism; section 22(2) declared pest)
  • control category (C1 exclusion; C2 eradication; C3 management)
  • keeping category (prohibited; restricted; exempt)
  • requirement for import permit
  • quarantine conditions.

To query the WAOL for a record requires you to enter a scientific or common name. Using a scientific name is recommended as the search result will provide your species' record, whereas using a common name will provide records for every plant, animal and pathogen with a name that contains your search term. For further information please visit the biosecurity website.

All species should be looked up on the WAOL database for information regarding the current declaration status and keeping category under the BAM Act. Lists other than the WAOL may contain out of date information.

Keeping categories

The Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Regulations 2013 specify prohibited and restricted keeping categories for the purposes of regulating declared terrestrial vertebrates (mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians) in regard to the purposes for which they can be kept, and the entities that can keep them for that purpose. A keeping permit (or licence) is the administrative tool used to assign specific conditions to the keeping of an animal.

The tables in the bulletin are provided primarily to assist readers to determine the legal restrictions applicable to declared animals. The tables are not exhaustive and do not necessarily set out all restrictions applicable to a particular species under the BAM Act and regulations or other legislation.

The tables list those animals that can be kept under a permit or license in aviculture, as pets or companion animals or as stock animals. Some other animals that don’t require a permit to keep but have other requirements are also listed. Any species not listed can be looked up searching the WAOL.

All animals native or indigenous to WA are regulated under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, replacing the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950, administered by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).

It is important to note that under the BAM Act, all Australian native animals are prohibited organisms unless they are indigenous or native to WA. Only animals native to WA (listed by the Western Australian Museum) are permitted organisms under the act. The WA native animals listed in this bulletin are declared pests under the BAM Act but they also continue to be regulated by DBCA and protected under the Biodiversity Conservation Act.

Please be responsible and legal, obtain a permit before your acquire a declared animal and follow conditions of the permit/license.

If you are unsure of the legal requirements and restrictions applicable to a species, please contact DPIRD or DBCA.

Import and keeping requirements for animals (including birds)

An import permit is required prior to entry into WA. Check with DPIRD before importing a bird and other animals into the state. Contact the DPIRD Pest and Disease Information Service on Freecall 1800 084 881, email padis@dpird.wa.gov.au or visit dpird.wa.gov.au.

An import permit under the Biodiversity and Conservation Act may also be required. Check with DBCA Licensing Section before importing an animal into the state.

Fees and charges apply for all permits. See Invasive species permits, applications and fees.

State barrier animal inspection are carried out by DPIRD Quarantine when animals enter WA.

Livestock animals are exempt from state barrier animal inspections for identification, but do require other checks such as DPIRD health and fibre requirements before entry.

Livestock species require appropriate movement documentation (waybill) whenever they leave a property.

Enclosure specifications apply, with wire netting requirements for various groups of birds.

Enclosure requirements and/or conditions apply to keeping mammals.

The species may be a prohibited import under the Biodiversity and Conservation Act.

Restrictions may apply to the maximum number of birds that can be held by aviculturists.

A species may require a special aviculture license with the following keeping conditions applied;

  • keeping limited to genuine society breeders
  • provision of minimum flight aviaries
  • participation in official breeding programs.

Permits and fees for restricted keeping birds

Import permits from DPIRD are required prior to the bird entering WA. Complete an Import application and submit to ISPermit@dpird.wa.gov.au. A fee will apply; refer to Invasive Species Applications for charges and forms.

Licences to keep birds regulated in the restricted keeping category under BAM Act are issued by DBCA on behalf of DPIRD. This arrangement allows a central register to be maintained and avoids duplication for bird keepers by having one department responsible for issuing aviculture permits.

Upon receipt of an application for a declared bird, DBCA staff at the Kensington office will advise of other requirements, such as site inspections. Applications to keep restricted birds are available from the DBCA Licensing Section.

Completed forms, payment and supporting documentation may be forwarded to DBCA.

Quarantine requirements

DPIRD requirements must be meet prior to entry of livestock, pigeons and doves, regardless of whether these are kept as pets or for commercial purposes

All ruminants (cattle, sheep, goats, deer, bison, buffalo), equines (horses, ponies, mules, donkeys), camels, camelids (alpaca, llama) and pigs (including mini or miniature pigs) are considered livestock.

DPIRD health and fibre requirements must be met before entry to WA and a Waybill is required when livestock is moved.

Contact Quarantine WA on +61 (0)8 9334 1800, Fax +61 (0)8 9334 1880, Email QWALivestockImports@dpird.wa.gov.au. For information on specific import requirements for livestock see the Quarantine WA Import Requirements Search.

Applications to keep aviculture birds in the restricted keeping category are available from DBCA Parks and Wildlife Licensing: Phone (08) 93340440, (08) 93340441 or email wildlifelicensing@dbca.wa.gov.au.

Please refer to the Bulletin Importing and keeping introduced animals in Western Australia (see side of page) for further information and listed species.

Contact information

Win Kirkpatrick
+61 (0)8 9363 4061