12 March 2020

Who does this notice affect?

All importers of cats and dogs from Malaysia.

What has changed?

Malaysia is no longer considered an approved country for the export of cats and dogs to Australia. Under the recent Suspended Goods Determination, importation of cats and dogs directly from Malaysia to Australia is suspended.


To advise importers of cats and dogs of changes to conditions for import from Malaysia to Australia.


Australia’s biosecurity requirements for the importation of dogs and cats from approved countries is based on the 2013 Importation of dogs and cats and their semen from approved countries: Final policy review.

Consistent with advice published on the department’s website on 7 February 2020, Malaysia is no longer considered an approved country and direct imports of cats and dogs from Malaysia to Australia were paused. In order to formalize this change in status, a Biosecurity (Suspended Goods—Cats and Dogs Malaysia) Determination 2020 was made by the Director of Biosecurity under subsection 182(1) of the Biosecurity Act 2015 (the Act) and came into effect on 12 March 2020.

The Suspended Goods Determination does not affect cats and dogs being imported from other countries transiting through Kuala Lumpur International Airport en route to Australia, or cats and dogs originating in Malaysia that are being prepared, certified in and imported to Australia from other approved countries.

Prospective importers may import their cats and dogs to Australia by following the department’s step by step guides for approved countries.

Please note, prospective importers will need to apply for an import permit for the relevant approved country of export and provide all supporting documentation required for the department to assess the application.

We encourage permit holders and applicants for permits listing Malaysia as the country of export to contact us to discuss options for nominating an approved country by emailing and quoting the permit or application number.

Further information

We encourage prospective importers to check our website regularly or subscribe to our mailing list for up to date information as import conditions can and do change without notice.

Kind Regards,

Sarah Neilson

Assistant Director | Live Animal Imports - Zoo, Aquatics, Laboratory and Companion Animals

Animal and Biological Imports Branch | Animal Division

Phone: 1800 900 090 (+61 3 8318 6700 from outside Australia)

Please note that I work Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

10 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

GPO Box 858, Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

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