In 2016 it was estimated that there were more than 24 million pets in Australia. At 62%, Australia continues to
have one of the highest household rates of pet ownership in the world with around 5.7 million of Australia’s 9.2
million households home to a pet. Although Australians love their pets, it is clear that the shift towards
higher-density housing in urban areas of Australia is the most significant current threat to pet ownership in
Australia – particularly in the current environment of restricted lease rules that exclude pets in many
In addition to requiring a long flight to get there, Australia is also a challenging place to move a pet because
of its strict import rules. Importing dogs and cats to Australia (no other pets are currently allowed,
unfortunately) begins with planning and ensuring your pet has an implanted microchip and a rabies vaccination.
Note that all pets will spend at least ten nights in Australia’s approved government quarantine facility upon
arrival in Australia.
Some of the requirements
Some of the requirements are a microchip, Rabies and standard vaccines, a blood test and several anti parasite
treatments. Planning is very important to avoid a lengthy overstay in quarantine.