Welcome, Australia’s Newest Quarantine Facility
November 23, 2015 marks the acceptance of cats and dogs into Australia’s new combined Post Entry Quarantine facility in Mickelham in the northern outskirts of Melbourne.
Quarantine is designed to protect the health of humans, animals and plants through early the detection and prevention of exotic pests and diseases establishing in Australia, including rabies and disease-born exotic ticks.
Pets travelling into Australia from all destinations, with the exception of New Zealand must complete a minimum 10 day quarantine period before being transported to their new homes in Australia. Trained veterinary and biosecurity staff will monitor the health of pets during the quarantine period and ensure they are not infected with parasites or diseases.
The new seven-compound Mickelham facility is set on 144 hectares and is five times larger than existing facilities in Eastern Creek in New South Wales, Torrens Island in South Australia and Knoxfield and Spotswood in Victoria.
The secured facility was purpose built as Australia’s single combined quarantine facility with comfortable, climate controlled pet accommodation and exercise yards, and was tested by some friendly visitors from the Lost Dogs Home. The site will house bees, birds, cats, dogs, fertile poultry eggs, horses, ruminants (mainly alpacas) and plants with space for additional growth in the future.