Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association
Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association

Recent changes to import conditions – Cattle

Acting Chief Veterinary Officer, DPIPWE, recently changed the Tasmanian Animal Health Act (1995), Section 18 General Authority for the Importation of Cattle.  

The changes affect all cattle being imported into Tasmania – whether sale, stud, breeding or agistment.   Changes are in force now.   The nine conditions now required under Section 18 General Authority are:

  • Cattle must be inspected by owner or person in charge within seven days prior to movement to Tasmania and found free of disease
  • Cattle must not be known or suspected of being infected with or exposed to  a List A or List B (other than Johne's Disease)  within 42 days prior to movement to Tasmania starting
  • Herd of origin  must not be subject to any animal movement restrictions
  • Herd of origin must have existed for at least three years prior to export. Changes of ownership or location  need not disqualify the herd if the certifying authority is satisfied that disease monitoring has been adequate
  • Cattle being imported must either be:
    • Tested negative for Enzootic Bovine Leucosis (EBL) with the ELISA test within 42 days before shipment*; or
    • Dairy cattle from a registered dairy herd accredited as Monitored Negative or better according to the national guidelines for EBL control; or
    • Beef or dairy/beef cross cattle from a beef herd in VIC, SA, NSW, WA or QLD where there has been no evidence of EBL infection in the last 3 years.
  • Cattle that are infected or suspected of being infected with Johne’s Disease may be imported provided all other conditions are met. Purchaser or recipient of cattle MUST be advised that the cattle are infected or suspected of being infected with Johne’s Disease
  • Owner or person in charge of the animals in the exporting State or territory must certify, within 7 days prior to movement to Tasmania, that all conditions have been met.
  • Stock Inspector or Govt Vet in the state of origin must certify, after due enquiry, they have no reason to doubt the Owners declaration
  • There is no change to extant travel documentation and requirements

  Details on EBL can be found here.  Current lists of notifiable animal diseases in Tasmania can be found here

Point of contact is: Veterinary Officer (Disease Control and Surveillance) Debra Grull Phone: 03 6421 7641 Mobile: 0428 253 828 Email: Debra.Grull@dpipwe.tas.gov.au  

 *Unweaned calves under 12 weeks of age being transported with their dams do not require testing.