Importing livestock into Western Australia - fees and charges

Page last updated: Friday, 15 October 2021 - 9:29am

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When importing livestock into Western Australia, various inspection fees and laboratory testing costs may apply. Charges exist to maintain the quarantine inspection facilities at Kalgoorlie and Kununurra and enable year-round, on-call service at the entry inspection points.

This also ensures that taxpayers' (public) money is not used to subsidise inspection services for livestock importers.

Below is a list of applicable charges. Refer to the 2021-22 fees and charges booklet on this page for charge amounts.

Animal Health Laboratories testing charges

Faecal egg sedimentation test (FEST) for liver fluke

Fee type
Test per animal
Job handling fee

Approved private laboratories may be able to conduct this test.

Copro-antigen ELISA for sheep and cattle

Fee type
Test per animal
Job handling fee

Freight costs will also be payable.

Inspection and related charges

Guidelines for charging

  • The service fee for a shipment covers pre-entry preparation and communication costs and is shared between consignments.
  • The service fee for a consignment covers provision of documentation and applies to each consignment at the border where there is more than one consignment in a shipment and on-farm.
  • Inspection is charged per 15 minutes or part thereof for an inspector's time for inspection, supervision, sample collection, packaging and freighting and associated post-inspection paperwork and communications.
  • Normal working hours are between 6am to 6pm on weekdays.
  • Penalty rates apply for inspections before 6am or after 6pm and on weekends and public holidays. There is a minimum charge for 'call out' on a weekend or public holiday.
  • A travel charge applies one-way for each 25 kilometres or part thereof directly between the place of inspection and the nearest office from which the inspection is normally provided. Penalty rates apply for travel outside of normal hours.
  • The travel charge to an entry inspection point is one unit of 25km for each journey to be shared between consignments in a shipment.
  • Inspection of washed-down vehicles attracts a time-based inspection fee and, if requiring a separate journey, a travel charge.
  • There is a fee for issuing export health certificates and for issuing a release from surveillance quarantine when not associated with a property visit.
  • Prices are GST inclusive where applicable. Where inspections or treatments are required under regulation, they are exempt from GST (marked with (E) where applicable below).


  • Service fee for a shipment (shared) (E)
  • Service fee for a consignment — border (E)
  • Service fee for a consignment — post-border (E)
  • Inspection 6am to 6pm — per 15 minutes or part thereof (E)
  • Travel — per 25km or part thereof (E)
  • Inspection out of hours  per 15 minutes or part thereof (E)
  • Travel out of hours — per 25km or part thereof (E)


Inspections on weekends or public holidays

Inspection (minimum fee) — for the first 2 hours (E)

Inspection — per 15 minutes or part thereof (E)

Travel weekends/public holiday — per 25km or part thereof (E)



Vehicle wash down

Small trailers and vehicles (E)

Trucks — per deck (E)

Machinery — per 30 minutes or part thereof (E)



Animal yard

Horses per head per day or part thereof

Sheep, cattle and other species per head per day or part thereof


Document verification - not associated with a property visit
Export health certificates (E)
Release from post-border direction notice

— per 15 minutes or part thereof (E)


Dip or spray for cattle tick
Per animal treated (E)
Minimum fee (E)

Triclabendazole supply

Fee is based on the animal body weight and per animal.
Minimum fee (E)

<35 kilograms (E)

36–100kg (E)

101–300kg (E)

301–600kg (E)

>600kg (E)


Carcass disposal (plus time for removal and burial)

Large animals (per animal — cattle, buffalo, camelids)

Small animals (per animal — sheep, goat, pig)


Ways to reduce inspection costs

  • Notify the inspector at the entry inspection post at least three days in advance of estimated arrival and inspection times.
  • Avoid scheduling inspections on weekends or public holidays.
  • Avoid scheduling inspections to begin prior to 6am or to continue after 6pm.
  • Ensure all entry documentation is complete and legible including full details of ownership and address of the properties of origin and destination.
  • Have stock yarded and ready for inspection before the inspector arrives.
  • Have adequate staff to ensure a constant flow of animals during inspection.

Private veterinary practitioners

  • Private veterinarians treat and collect samples for liver fluke testing for horses, camelids and deer and it is preferred they do so for other species. However, if this is not possible, treatment may be supervised by a stock inspector and they may also collect the faecal sample.
  • Ensure all documentation declaring the completion of all prescribed treatments, tests and inspections is complete.

Further information

Contact your local stock inspector or biosecurity officer.

District office Phone


+61 (0)8 9892 8444


+61 (0)8 9780 6100


+61 (0)404 819 626


+61 (0)8 9083 1111


+61 (0)8 9093 4819


+61 (0)8 9821 3333


+61 (0)8 9368 3154


+61 (0)8 9651 0555


+61 (0)8 9881 0222


+61 (0)8 9690 2000

Entry inspection points
District office Phone

+61 (0)477 757 185


+61 (0)417 957 234


+61 (0)8 9334 1800

Finance queries

Contact the South Perth office, phone +61 (0)8 9368 3333.




Contact information

Quarantine WA Livestock Imports