Importing livestock into Western Australia

Strict movement requirements exist when importing livestock from interstate and/or overseas into Western Australia (WA).

These requirements exist to protect Western Australia from pests and diseases that are not present in the state and must be met under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 and the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Regulations 2013.

Whether they are kept as pets or for commercial purposes, the following are considered livestock under Western Australian legislation:

  • ruminants (cattle, sheep, goats, deer, bison, buffalo and any hybrids)
  • equines (horses, ponies, mules, donkeys and any hybrids)
  • camels
  • camelids (alpaca, llama)
  • pigs (including mini or miniature pigs)
  • poultry (including pigeons, doves, emus and ostrich).

Importing livestock from interstate or overseas

To ensure pests and diseases not present or under a regulatory program in WA do not enter the state with imported animals, livestock must meet certain conditions and be certified as eligible for entry. This needs to be done by both the consignor/vendor and an authorised government officer or veterinary surgeon before travel.

Tests or treatments may be required to make stock eligible for entry into WA. If so, these will need to be taken into consideration when planning movement dates.

On arrival in WA, stock are inspected by a biosecurity officer at a designated inspection point to ensure they meet all published import conditions. Stock that do not meet these conditions will not be eligible for entry.

The entry inspection, along with any treatments and tests, wash-down and entry certification will attract a fee which is charged to the importer.

Import requirements and documentation

Import requirements for bringing stock into WA can be found on the following pages:

Documents required for bringing stock into WA can be found on the following pages:

Importing livestock from overseas

Livestock imported from overseas must meet Western Australian requirements as well as those of the Federal Department of Agriculture.

Stock identification and intrastate movement requirements

Stock entering WA are required to meet identification requirements and may be required to meet other intrastate movement conditions.

Post-border requirements

After entry into WA, livestock may be required to meet post-border inspection, treatment and testing requirements.

Inspection charges

Service fees and charges exist for livestock inspections

Quarantine WA

Quarantine WA is responsible for checking all stock imported into WA to ensure they meet the published import conditions.

Quarantine WA actively protects WA's agriculture, environment and lifestyle by conducting inspections for quarantine risk material at entry points for private travellers and commercial clients importing from interstate or overseas.

For information on specific import requirements for livestock see the Quarantine WA Import Requirements Search or contact:

Phone +61 (0)8 9334 1800
Fax +61 (0)8 9334 1880
Email QWALivestockImports@agric.wa.gov.au

Exemptions to import requirements

If stock do not meet the published import conditions, entry into Western Australia may be allowed with an import permit. Import permits must be applied for and issued prior to stock movement. They cannot be issued at the border.

See import permit for an application form.

Contacts for livestock imports

For queries regarding import of livestock into WA, see Contacts for livestock imports.

Contact information

Quarantine WA Livestock Imports
Page last updated: Friday, 2 December 2016 - 4:07pm