Goats entering Victoria must be National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) ear tagged (unless exempted breeds) and accompanied by a completed National Vendor Declaration. Additionally, a Goat Health Statement is recommended.
A National Goat Health Statement (GHS), where supplied must be completed by the vendor and accompany the consignment. A copy of the GHS must be kept by the receiver for consignments of goats entering Victoria.
All goats must be free of Notifiable diseases. Diseased goats may only enter Victoria under licence, usually only direct for slaughter at an abattoir. In some limited circumstances a licence to introduce the animals to another Victorian property may be granted. Licences are issued by Animal Biosecurity and Welfare, DEDJTR Bendigo.
Application and licence to introduce diseased livestock into Victoria to an approved property
In addition to the above, see below for conditions related to specific diseases.
Victoria is a Control Area for bovine Johne's disease.
Goats cannot enter Victoria from a property that is infected or suspected to be infected with bovine Johne's disease unless under a licence which may be issued by the Manager Animal Standards, DEDJTR Bendigo, when the animals are destined for immediate slaughter (see above).
Goats from Tasmania, other than the Flinders Municipality, are not permitted unless –
- the goats are being transported directly to an abattoir for slaughter; or
- the goats are being consigned directly to an approved feedlot for fattening and subsequent direct movement to slaughter; or
- the goats originate from a Goat Market Assurance Program (GoatMAP) property; or
- the goats originate from a herd that has a negative Check-Test status
- under licence (see above)
Vendors in Victoria are strongly encouraged to supply prospective purchasers with information about the risk associated with Johne's disease (paratuberculosis) posed by their stock. This can be done for utilising the GHS. Purchasers of interstate goats are strongly recommended to request a GHS when considering buying goats to enable them to assess the risk posed by those goats. Interstate producers exporting goats to Victoria are strongly recommended to provide a GHS routinely.
For further information about Johne's disease see the Animal Health Australia website.