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Application to Import Cats and Dogs
View the bringing cats and dogs home page and select the country you intend to export a cat or dog from the drop down menu list to determine if the importation to Australia is permitted.
You will then be able to download an information package outlining the DAFF import conditions that apply and the steps involved for importing a cat or dog to Australia.
How to complete the application to import cats and dogs
We highly recommend that you visit the how to complete the import application to import cats and dogs web page before lodging your application with DAFF. It provides detailed information on correctly completing the different sections of the application form.
It may also answer some common questions that you may have about completing the application form.
DAFF strives to grant an import permit for each application within 20 business days from the date of receipt. However, in exceptional circumstance it may take longer than 20 business days to assess and grant an import permit.
If any section of the application is completed incorrectly or further information is required, DAFF will attempt to contact you. This may result in a longer application processing time. Please allow additional time if you have elected to receive your import permit by fax or delivered by mail.
DAFF import permits are granted for entry into one quarantine station only. Should your quarantine station preference change, you will need to apply for an amendment. Please note that an amendment fee may be applicable.
There are two options for completing and submitting an application to import cats and dogs.
1. Complete and submit application form online (eLodgement)
The Application to Import Cats and Dogs can be submitted and paid for electronically, within our secure environment. The eLodgement application form consists of three sections:
- Importer and exporter details
- Animal details, quarantine accommodation and additional information
- Importer declaration and payment.
You will need to electronically scan and attach all supporting documentation. Please ensure that all signatures and stamps (where applicable) are visible on the scanned documentation.
Payment can only be made by credit card and must be submitted for each eLodgement application. To ensure you have authorised sufficient payment view the Charging Schedule for Import Permit Applications. DAFF fees and charges may change at any time.
You must complete one eLodgement application for each cat or dog.
2. Download, complete and submit manual application form (post, fax or scan and email)
To ensure you have authorised sufficient payment view the Charging Schedule for Import Permit Applications. DAFF fees and charges may change at any time.
You can pay for the processing of your manual application by one of the following ways:
- Credit card:
Credit card payment form PDF [79 KB]
Credit card payment form Word [49 KB]
- Bank cheque: Post a bank cheque payable to the 'Collector of Public Monies, DAFF'. This must be in Australian dollars and your manual application will need to be submitted by post.
You must complete one manual application for each cat or dog.
To submit the manual application form, or for more information, contact
Phone: +61 2 6272 4454
Fax: +61 2 6272 3110
Email: Animal Imports
02 May 2013