Avian compound FAQs
Bee compound FAQs
Horse compound FAQs
Cat compound FAQs
Dog compound FAQs


Avian compound

What is the size of the avian compound compared to Torrens Island PEQ facility?

  • The combined floor area of the hatching eggs units of 360 square metres represents a three-fold increase over the current Torrens Island PEQ facility at 110 square metres.
  • The capacity of the live bird units has increased by 100 per cent with the occupancy number for pigeons raised to 300 in two separate areas.
  • The avian compound is capable of further modular expansion.

How many separate areas are there in the avian compound?

There are three separate biosecure egg hatching areas each with a capacity similar to the current Torrens Island facility, and two separate biosecure live bird areas each with a capacity equivalent to the existing Spotswood facility. These will be able to be individually booked, or booked combined for larger consignments.

Who will do the washing/cleaning of cages?

In the hatching egg units, the importers will be responsible for the cleaning of the facility including the cages. In the live bird units Department of Agriculture staff will undertake all husbandry and maintenance procedures including the cleaning of cages.

Bee compound

How many flight rooms are there?

There are six separate flight rooms in the bee compound.

How many queen bees can the compound hold?

The compound can hold a total of 12 queen bees. Two queen bees imported by the same importer, and their supporting hives (nucleus colonies), can be held in a single flight room.

Horse compound

Are there exercise facilities for the horses?

There is a large number of turnout yards and a horse walker included in each horse compound.

What is the height of the horse barns and what size are the individual stalls?

The barns are about three metres to the top of the wall; the roof apex is up to eight metres tall. Stalls are four metres wide by five metres long each.

Is there accommodation facilities for grooms?

No. There is not sleeping facilities for grooms on site. There are private accommodation options near the facility, and there is a groom duty room for rest periods during on-site attendance.

How are the horse compound ventilated?

Louvers are located at the top of the buildings and large openings located in each end and side of the barns. This allows natural air movement.

Horses often arrive during the night; does the business hours arrival policy for dogs and cats apply to horses?

No. As fewer horses than dogs and cats arrive in Australia, and it is more difficult logistically to hold horses at airports, horse consignments are managed at the airport as soon as they arrive and transported to the PEQ facility as soon as practicable. The logistics of transportation is an ongoing process and the department will manage these needs as they occur.

Are the horse entry and exit points in a compound the same?

Yes, but this does not pose a biosecurity risk. All horses arrive as a group, and leave as a group only when the entire group has met import requirements. The horse arrival/exit point is decontaminated after each arrival.

Cat compound

How many cats can the facility accommodate, and what size are the pens?

Once phase two of the works is complete there will be 240 cat pens, and each pen will be 1.2 metres wide by 2.04 metres long.

Are the pens heated in winter?

Yes. All the cat pens will have underfloor heating.

How do I bring my cat to Australia?

Please see Bringing cats and dogs (and other pets) to Australia on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website.

Dog compound

Are the kennels heated in winter?

Yes. All the dog kennels will have underfloor heating.

How many dogs can the facility accommodate, and what size are the kennels?

A total of 400 dog kennels will be built in two stages – 226 kennels have been built in the first stage and 174 kennels will be built in the second stage.  Each individual kennel is 6.3 metres long by 2.62 metres wide and includes both internal and external pen areas.

How do I bring my dog to Australia?

Please see Bringing cats and dogs (and other pets) to Australia on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website.