Importing domestic birds and fish

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Western Australia remains relatively free of pests and diseases that adversely affect our agricultural industries and environment. This allows our primary producers easy access to worldwide markets. Many animals, including fish, birds and their cages can carry pests and diseases that pose a risk to WA.

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia's (DAFWA) Quarantine WA service enforces strict biosecurity legislation, so please check for any restrictions that may apply before importing to WA. It may help avoid a costly fine or even prosecution.

Domestic birds

All birds are subject to quarantine inspection on arrival in Western Australia. Any birdseed must be removed from cages either at the pick up point or at a quarantine checkpoint. In some instances another place for disposal of the birdseed may be nominated by an inspector by way of an Inspectors Direction Notice. Please be aware that inspection fees and charges may apply.

Some bird species are prohibited entry into Western Australia and it is important that you check this with Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) before importing any birds or bringing your treasured pet with you. This will avoid any distress and inconvenience should you not be allowed to keep your bird and need to re-export it out of WA. Some other birds may require import permits and keeping permits. Once again you must check the status of your bird species with DPaW prior to importing to WA.

The Quarantine WA Import Requirements Search shows a list of permitted animals that do not require import or keeping permits.

For information on poultry birds please refer to Importing Poultry under the Livestock pages on this website.


Fish importers should always check with WA Fisheries to confirm the permitted status of the fish species they intend to import. You can phone them on +61(0)8 9482 7251.

For quarantine purposes all live fish consignments must be free from aquatic snails and any plants not listed as Permitted in the WA Organisms List (WAOL). You must also be aware that any permitted water plants have extra entry conditions that can be found in the Quarantine WA Import Requirements Search.

All live fish, including eels for the restaurant trade, as well as rocks and coral will be subjected to inspection on arrival in WA to check for the presence of snails and plant material. Some suppliers in the eastern states operate under a Quality Assurance agreement with Quarantine WA and their fish consignments are pre-released without inspection. Random surveillance is carried out to ensure the businesses are operating within the criteria of this arrangement. Documentation fees and/or inspection fees may apply and will be charged to the importer.

Where inspections take place

At the Eucla and Kununurra road checkpoints, vehicles and animals are inspected 24 hours a day. This inspection only involves a check for quarantine risk material in the animals cages and photographs taken for sending to DPaW for confirming identification of the animal. Further inspection at your destination may be required. If the correct permits have not been sought or the animal is of a prohibited species re-export out of WA may be required at the importers expense. In some case the animal may have to be euthanased.

At Perth Domestic Airport inspections are carried out in the quarantine area of air cargo buildings during business hours (see below). Most animals transferring to Regional airports will be inspected at Perth Domestic Airport prior to transhipping. The animal will be held in the quarantine area until cleared by an inspector. A delay may occur if an inspector is not immediately available.

You must arrange transport of your animals so they can be inspected during business hours, even if you are arriving at a different time.
You are responsible for your animals welfare while they await inspection. Animals arriving outside business hours will be held in appropriate facilities until inspected during business hours

Inspection hours/days

Business hours: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm

Business days: Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.

NO Inspections are available outside these times.

Contact Quarantine WA to arrange inspection on 08 9334 1802

Contact information

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