The Australian Government is investing in the future of Australia’s biosecurity system through the design and construction of a new post entry quarantine facility in Mickleham, Victoria. The facility will be officially opened in October 2015 and will begin to accept its first commodity intakes.
Commodity intakes at Mickleham have been staggered across October through to December to ensure a smooth transition with minimal disruption to services. The availability of the facility for the first commodity intakes are:
- bees from 19 October
- cats and dogs from 23 November
- horses from 30 November
- plants from 1 December 2015.
Once fully completed in 2018, the new facility will replace all of the department’s existing quarantine facilities at Eastern Creek in NSW, Torrens Island in SA and Knoxfield and Spotswood in VIC. As the leases on these facilities expire over the next three years, imported animals and plants will stop being accepted at these facilities.
The first facility to close will be the Eastern Creek Quarantine Station which will cease to accept animal arrivals after 9 November 2015.
If you require assistance or further information about booking your plant or animal into the new post entry quarantine facility, please see the Department of Agriculture website for importing cats and dogs, horses, plants and bees. For further information on the design of the facility, visit the facility design page.