Interim quarantine requirements for the importation of marsupials and monotremes




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Attachment A

INTERIM QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE IMPORTATION OF MARSUPIALS AND MONOTREMES
(Originally adopted 5 July 1999, approved country amendment 22 April 2002)
1. GENERAL
1.1 These requirements apply to the importation of animals of the
Order Monotremata;

Order Dasyuromorphia,

Families Myrmecobiidae, Dasyuridae;

Order Peramelemorphia,


Family Peramelidae; and


Order Diprodontia,

Families Phasolarctidae, Vombatidae, Phalangeridae, Potoroidae, Macropodidae, Burramyidae, Pseudocheiridae, Petauridae and Acrobatidae.


Species of the genus Trichosurus from New Zealand are excluded from importation under this protocol.
1.2 The animals must be accompanied by a copy of a valid "Permit to Import". The Permit is obtainable from the Chief Quarantine Officer (Animals) [CQO(A)] of the State of Australia to which the importation is to be made. A processing fee will be charged for the Permit.
1.3 Permission to import marsupials or monotremes must also be obtained from Environment Australia. Further information may be obtained from:

The Director Ph 02 6274 2291

Wildlife Protection Fax 02 6274 1921

Environment Australia email wps@ea.gov.au

GPO Box 787 website:http://www.biodiversity.environment.gov.au/

CANBERRA ACT 2601 plants/wildlife/intro.htm


1.4 The animals must be accompanied by an Animal Health Certificate signed by an Official Veterinarian.

[An Official Veterinarian is a veterinarian authorised by the Veterinary Administration of the exporting country to perform animal health and/or public health inspections of commodities and, when appropriate, perform certification in conformity with the provisions of Chapter 1.3.2. of the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) International Animal Health Code (herein called the Code)].


The Animal Health Certificate should conform with the format of Model Certificate No. 6 of the Code. It must provide details of the certifying authority, identification of each animal, premises of origin of the animals, consignor and consignee, destination and means of transport. The certificate must be in English and must be stamped on each page with an Official stamp.
1.5 Costs associated with the selection, testing, transport, quarantine (including any extension to the quarantine period for whatever reason) and any Australian Government veterinary supervision of the animals during each quarantine period and during transport to Australia will not be met by the Australian Government.
1.6 The importer or agent co-ordinating the importation must be Australian based and must nominate a person who will be accessible to AQIS officers.
1.7 These requirements may be varied or reviewed at any time at the discretion of the Australian Director of Animal and Plant Quarantine (herein called the Director).

2. CERTIFICATION
The Animal Health Certificate must attest that:
2.1 The premises of origin is a government registered or licensed zoological gardens or wildlife park, or a government approved facility for holding non-domesticated animals that has has been inspected by a veterinarian approved by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) and has current approval from AQIS to export live zoo animals to Australia.
2.2 Each animal has been continuously resident in the premises of origin for at least six months prior to certification.
2.3 The certifying official veterinarian is satisfied, after due enquiry, that no case of rabies, tuberculosis, Aujeszky’s disease, Japanese encephalitis, surra or Borna disease has been diagnosed at the premises of origin during the 12 months prior to certification.
2.4 The animals for export were isolated from animals not of the same health and residency status for at least thirty days immediately prior to export. The animals for export and all in-contact animals were free from signs of infectious or contagious disease during that period.
2.5 Each animal was treated on .............. (date) with an external parasiticide effective against ticks not more than 96 hours prior to export.
2.6 Each animal was inspected by an official veterinarian or an approved wildlife veterinarian during the 72 hours prior to export and found to be healthy, free from external parasites and fit to travel.
2.7 The certifying official veterinarian is satisfied, after due enquiry, that each animal will be shipped in a container that meets the requirements specified in the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animals Regulations [in the 1997 Regulations these are General Container Requirements 83 for macropods, 81 for small marsupials and 80 for monotremes].

3. TRANSPORT
3.1 The animals must be consigned to Australia by a route approved by the Director. They may be accompanied by other animals only with the approval of the Director. Any transhipment requires the approval of the Director. Stops on route will need approval from relevant authorities in the country or countries of transit or transhipment.
3.2 The design of the containers, the recommended species requirements, the preparation for transport, and the disinfection of the interior of the aircraft or vessel, removable equipment, penning and containers must be in accordance with the recommendations of the OIE Code and International Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animal Regulations unless otherwise agreed by AQIS.
3.3 The use of hay or straw as bedding during transport by air is not permitted; treated wood shavings, sterilised peat and soft board may be used.

4. ENTRY AND POST-ARRIVAL QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS
4.1 Each imported animal must undergo post-arrival quarantine (PAQ) in a Government quarantine station or in approved premises in an AQIS registered zoo for at least thirty days. Carnivorous marsupials must remain in PAQ for at least four months if imported from a country or territory not recognised by AQIS as a rabies-free country or territory.
4.2 During PAQ each animal must be treated with a broad-spectrum parasiticide effective against ticks.
4.3 After completion of PAQ, each animal imported under these conditions will be held in quarantine or under quarantine surveillance in an approved premises until transfer, with AQIS approval, to another premises, export or death.
4.4 During PAQ and while the imported animals remain under quarantine surveillance, they, and any in-contact animals, may be subjected to any testing or treatment prescribed by the Director, at the importer’s expense. If any animal fails a test or shows signs of disease, that animal and any or all other animals in the PAQ premises may, at the Director’s discretion, be detained in quarantine for further testing and/ or observation, or exported at the importer's expense, or destroyed without recompense.
4.5 The importer will be charged for services provided by the Australian Government. If any animals die or are destroyed during any period of control, compensation will not be paid by the Australian Government.

DAVID BANKS

General Manager

Animal Biosecurity










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