Importing ruminants into Western Australia

Page last updated: Wednesday, 31 October 2018 - 8:23am

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

These import requirements are for ruminants entering WA from interstate or overseas. The requirements include all cattle, sheep, goats, deer, bison, buffalo and hybrids, whether they are kept as pets or for commercial purposes.

Movement requirements for ruminants into Western Australia

When importing ruminants into WA, specific movement requirements for the following diseases must be met:

  • Johne’s disease
  • enzootic bovine leucosis
  • cattle tick
  • liver fluke
  • footrot.

For information on specific import requirements for livestock, see the import requirements manual or contact livestock imports:

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

Documents for importing ruminants into Western Australia

For documents required to import ruminants into WA, see Documents for importing ruminants into Western Australia.

Importing livestock from overseas

Livestock imported from overseas must meet WA 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 import requirements manual 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 requirements, entry into WA 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