The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is where you find absolutely everything you need to know about importing animals into Australia.  

The good news is your pet dog and cat do not have to go through any sort of quarantine before they move to Australia from New Zealand. From any other countries check here

Cats and dogs can be imported to Australia under strict conditions designed​ to manage biosecurity risks. I​f your country of export does not appear in the calculator you will need to prepare your animal using the non-approved country via Group 2 or 3 country step-by-step guide.

Different conditions apply for the importation of a​ssistance dogs.

Moving a dog or cat from New Zealand to Australia  – information you will need.

To bring our cat with us it cost us – 

  • $1205NZD (airfare, handling, vet check, microchip insertion) plus,  
  • $150NZD for Australian importatin checks, customer broker (once arrived in Australia). 
  •  Total $1355 to import a cat to Australia! 

The above prices could be massaged a little if your pet already has a microchip for example. You can also get pickup and drop off service from home but this significantly increases the cost. 

Pets must be 8 weeks or older at the time of the export certificate being issued. 

If dogs have travelled from Australia in the past they will require the biosecurity clearance certificate from when they arrived in NZ. 

If dogs have traveled to NZ from other countries other than Australia then a blood test is required in NZ which can take up to 2 weeks to come back. Your pet must resided in New Zealand for the 90 days prior to the scheduled date of export, and not be under any quarantine restrictions at the time of export.  The tests required are for Ehrlichia canis and Leishmania infantum. The blood test can only be done after the dog has been resident in NZ for at least 21 days prior to the test being done. If dogs have come from Africa an additional treatment will be required. 

Pets not owned for more than 12 months, Valued at over AU$1000 require a customers broker to be used. 

Pets not owned for more than 12 months or valued over AU$1000 travelling into Australia will be classified as a commercial import into Australia. A customs declaration must be completed and you may be subject to an additional import tax on top of the customs/landing fee. This will be 10% on the the shipping cost of the pet + purchase price of the pet. You will require the services of a customs broker. 

Other additional costs to think about when moving your pet to Australia (for example):

  • Vet check, export certificate and internal and external parasite treatment (within 5 days of travel). $275NZD per pet. 
  • Microchip insertion (if not already done) $60NZD per pet. 
  • Customs/landing fee to be paid at destination airport. $110AUD +
  • Customs broker fee approx $250AUD (to be arranged directly with the broker by the customer)
  • Approved travel crate for your pet (can not be just be any carry crate). 

These are the details required to move your pet:

  • Name (as on passport), Australian address, contact phone number and email address of the person collecting your pets from the airport.
  • Owners declaration form – as the owner are responsible for the completion of this form with a Justice of the Peace signature.  Original copies are required.
  • Microchipping – your pet is required to be microchipped. You will need to register the chip with your new vet once settled in Australia
  • Approved vet check, export certificate and parasite treatment. 

We used and recommend airportpets and received another quote from pet transport.

In summary, moving your cat or dog to Australia is going to be a relatively expensive, stressful and time consuming exercise. Make sure you have done your homework properly, but now you know at least what to expect when moving your pet to Australia. If you can afford it go for the full service option as it will save you stress and time in the finals hours before you move to Australia.