Interstate livestock movements
Requirements for entry
To protect Victoria's livestock and livestock industries, there are controls on the introduction of livestock from other states and territories in Australia. These controls are governed by the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994.
Livestock include cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, camelids (Alpaca, Llama), horses, deer, poultry and bees.
Prior to moving livestock into Victoria, owners must certify the health of their animals by completing prescribed certificates, vendor declarations and health statements and delivering these to the receiver of the livestock. These records must be kept for a specified period of time.
All transportation of livestock into and within Victoria must comply with the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines - Land Transport of Livestock. The Transport and Care of Livestock page contains further advice on transporting various livestock species.
Health and identification entry requirements
All diseased livestock, such as those infected with or suspected to be infected with a notifiable disease, or quarantined livestock are not permitted to enter Victoria unless issued with a licence from the Chief Veterinary Officer Unit at Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR).
There are some specific exemptions, and you should refer to the health requirements within the 'entry requirements and forms for specific species' below. There are exemptions for sheep with Ovine Johne's Disease, and a specific exemption for sheep infected with ovine footrot, lice or ked that are being consigned direct to slaughter within Victoria, and a specific exemption for the introduction of cattle infected with Johne's disease.
Livestock means any non-human animal, and any fish or bird, whether wild or domesticated, egg intended for hatching or bee. There are separate requirements for the importation of wildlife.
Where a domesticated species is not listed below, there are no specific identification or other health requirements for entry into Victoria.
Properties running certain livestock species in Victoria are required to apply for and have a Property Identification Code. Those species are cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, camelids (as in alpacas or llamas), deer, horses or more than 100 poultry or 10 emus or ostriches. The term poultry in this instance refers to domesticated fowl, chickens, ducks, geese, turkey, guinea fowl, pigeons, quail or pheasants.
Diseased livestock forms
Entry requirements and forms for specific species
- Pest animals - Water Buffalo, American Bison and Bali Cattle are Regulated Pest Animals.
There are currently no entry requirements for the following animals into Victoria:
- Caged birds
- Poultry (other than domestic chickens for commercial flocks) - for commercial chickens refer below
- Rabbits and guinea pigs
- Fallow Deer (refer below for other deer species)
- Camelids – Alpaca, Llama.
It is recommended that owners introducing exempted animals to Victoria seek further advice from their private veterinary practitioner about current recommendations for vaccinations and treatments.
For further information about requirements for the introduction of livestock into Victoria please call 136 186.
Moving livestock from Victoria to other states and territories
For livestock entry requirements to other states and territories, see the below links to the applicable state and territory websites.
Tick fever vaccine use in Victoria
The use of tick fever vaccine is no longer regulated in Victoria. Tick fever vaccine may be administered to cattle destined for tick-infested areas of northern Australia or for live export cattle. Cattle that have been vaccinated for babesiosis (tick fever) which are not exported or moved from Victoria (i.e. continue to reside in Victoria) must be identified with a National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) device, and the Victorian Chief Veterinary Officer must be notified of the NLIS RFID/tag numbers.
Anaplasmosis and babesiosis (tick fever) are notifiable diseases in Victoria.