Moving pigs into Victoria

Pigs entering Victoria must:

Health requirements for imported pigs

All livestock brought into Victoria must be free of notifiable diseases.

Livestock with other diseases can only enter Victoria under a licence, usually only direct for slaughter at an abattoir. In some situations, we might issue a licence to introduce the animals to another Victorian property.

Application and licence to introduce diseased livestock into Victoria to an approved property

Application and licence to introduce diseased livestock into Victoria for immediate slaughter

These licences are issued by the Chief Veterinary Officer Unit at Agriculture Victoria.

Japanese Encephalitis (JE)

Movement of pigs from infected or suspect farms direct to an abattoir for slaughter

From 8 March 2022, pigs from Infected or Suspected to be infected pig herds can be introduced into Victoria direct to an abattoir for immediate slaughter without an approved licence as long as they meet the following conditions:

  1. The pig(s) must have an approved tattoo or ear tag identifying the property in the state or territory they were kept prior to dispatch.
  2. The pig(s) must be accompanied by a true and accurately completed PigPass National Vendor Declaration.
  3. The pig(s) must be dispatched directly to an abattoir in Victoria.
  4. On-farm biosecurity management practices which address the risk of Japanese encephalitis including insect control measures.
  5. All staff use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to minimise exposure to insect vectors.
  6. The pig(s) are fit for the intended journey and show no clinical signs of Japanese encephalitis immediately prior to dispatch to the abattoir.
  7. The pig(s) has been on the property of origin for more than 42 days prior to dispatch to the abattoir.
  8. The pig(s) are only loaded onto clean vehicles for transport to the abattoir.
  9. As far as practicable, the pig(s) are to be transported during daylight hours, and any stops required by the ‘Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines — Land Transport of Livestock’ are to occur away from human habitation and waterways
  10. The receiving abattoir must be advised that the pig(s) originate from a Japanese encephalitis infected premises before dispatch.

This is made possible by the blanket licence to introduce pigs with Japanese encephalitis into Victoria for immediate slaughter. The blanket licence is valid from 8 March 2022 for 12 months.

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Movement of pigs from infected or suspect farms to a Victorian farm

Pigs from Infected or Suspected to be infected farms cannot be moved to Victorian farms unless permission is granted from Agriculture Victoria.

Complete the application form Application and licence to introduce diseased livestock into Victoria to an approved property – Pigs, Japanese encephalitis to seek permission to introduce pigs from Infected or Suspected to be infected pig farms.

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Conditions of entry include:

  1. The pig(s) must have an approved tattoo or ear tag identifying the property in the state or territory they were kept prior to dispatch.
  2. The pig(s) must be accompanied by a true and accurately completed PigPass National Vendor Declaration.
  3. The pig(s) must be dispatched directly to the approved property.
  4. On-farm biosecurity management practices which address the risk of Japanese encephalitis including insect control measures.
  5. All staff use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to minimise exposure to insect vectors.
  6. The pig(s) are fit for the intended journey and show no clinical signs of Japanese encephalitis immediately prior to dispatch to the abattoir.
  7. The pig(s) has been on the property of origin for more than 42 days prior to dispatch to the abattoir.
  8. The pig(s) are only loaded onto clean vehicles for transport to the abattoir.
  9. As far as practicable, the pig(s) are to be transported during daylight hours, and any stops required by the ‘Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines — Land Transport of Livestock’ are to occur away from human habitation and waterways.
  10. The receiving property must be advised that the pig(s) originate from a Japanese encephalitis infected premises before dispatch.

Importing pigs from northern Australia

Pigs introduced into Victoria from north of the Tropic of Capricorn in Queensland and Western Australia, or from anywhere in the Northern Territory must complete the following form.

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This form includes assurance that the pigs are free of swine brucellosis. To provide this, the pigs must either:

  • come from accredited free herds, or
  • be blood tested negative within 30 days before entry (Complement Fixation Test, Serum Agglutination Test or Rose Bengal Test).
Page last updated: 16 Mar 2022