Important information:For people importing cats or dogs to Byford on or before 18 March
The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) is ceasing theintake of animals to the Byford quarantine facility (Perth, Western Australia) until 31 May, 2013.This is because of the heightened and ongoing risk of bushfires in the surrounding area.
Australia’s strong biosecurity system protects animal plant and human health, underpins the
productivity of our primary industries and protects the environment. All cats and dogs beingimported into Australia, either for the first time or returning, are required to meet Australian import
conditions so that Australian people and animals aren’t exposed to potentially fatal diseases not
currently present here, such as rabies.
What do I do?
Your travel plans, and the plans you have for your pet/s arrival in Australia, do not need to change.When your cat or dog arrives in Perth it will be redirected to the quarantine facility at Eastern Creek
in Sydney. You don’t have to do anything to facilitate this transfer. A specialist pet tra
nsportcompany has been engaged by DAFF to carry the animals safely and securely to Sydney.
Can I redirect my pet/s to Sydney?
Yes, if you would prefer to change your pet/s travel arrangements so that they fly directly to Sydney(instead of going via Perth) you can opt to do this at your own expense. If you choose to do this, youwill need to:
Contact DAFF to confirm the change to flights and confirm when your pet/s are expected to arrive inSydney2.
Have DAFF issue you with a Certificate of Equivalence for each import permit that you hold, This willchange the required quarantine location from Byford to Eastern Creek, and3.
Change the flights with your airline or pet transport provider.
How will I collect my pet/s after quarantine?
DAFF will transport your pet/s to Perth once the minimum 30 days or relevant period of quarantinestay in Sydney is complete. If you would like your pet/s transported to a location other than Perth,you can choose to arrange this at your own expense.
Is this going to cost me more?
This change to quarantine arrangements will not result in any additional costs. The fees that wouldotherwise be charged to you will continue to apply.