Australia Pet Travel: Mickleham Pet Quarantine Facility Now Open

We've been keeping a close eye on the changing pet quarantine options in Australia, and we're happy to report that the new Post Entry Quarantine (PEQ) facility in Mickleham, Victoria is now open.

PEQ dog pen

A PEQ Dog Kennel Area

This brand new facility is equipped to streamline the pet import process and features modern dog and cat kennels and space for future growth. Check out a few pictures below and read more about the new Mickleham facility here.

For more information about the pet quarantine process and travel to Australia in general, take a look at PetRelocation's Australia Pet Travel Spotlight.



PEQ Reception Building


peq plaque

Official Opening Plaque


PEQ Cat Accommodations

As always, if you have questions about how to arrange your pet's safe move, contact us for a pet travel consultation.




PetRelocation Team






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By David Bowley on May 26, 2018 at 5:42 am

Now that I have managed to sort out serious family problems in UK since 2015 I plan to return HOME to Australia in 2019 bringing my beloved dog (an Australian Kelpie) with me through Tullamarine Airport to Mickleham and have discovered that apart from high separate Vet bills on top of daily charge the is an outrageous charge of S1200 Import charge. I am a pensioner and have only just managed to save enough for the flight for us, I cannot possibly afford the suggested $2,000 quarantine bill. What am I supposed to do, have my dog put down!!?? Taking my dog from Aus to UK there were no quarantine required nor massive Vet charges, Why does there have to be such high costs the other way even though the Rabies etc etc preparation is exactly the same. I am very distressed. David Bowley (Australian Pensioner aged 80)

By Denise on May 18, 2018 at 10:05 am

Our dog is older (12year cattle dog) he has a bit of separation anxiety since his brother passed. Would he be able to take an anxiety medication at the quarantine facility?

By Maegan at PetRelocation on May 22, 2018 at 9:33 am

Hi Denise! Yes, pets are allowed to receive medication while in quarantine. You will need to hire a local vet to come administer the medication between the hours of 8 AM - 4 PM. Mickleham has vets that they recommend so it would be best to reach out to them directly for a referral in AU at 1800 900 090. Hope this helps!

By simone cutlack on April 30, 2018 at 11:37 am

We are planning to move back to Australia from Spain next year. I am gathering information early. We have 2 dogs that we are transporting. My question is We are going to live in Brisbane, but will be flying on the same flight as the dogs, is it neccesary for us to stay in Melbourne during their quarantine or can someone organsise their flights from Mickleham to Brisbane. Thank you

By Maegan at PetRelocation on May 22, 2018 at 9:20 am

Hi Simone! Thanks for your question. You can get a local pet shipping company in Australia to arrange for the transfer from quarantine in Melbourne to Brisbane. This will avoid you and your family have to stay in Melbourne then driving your pets home. Feel free to search this database of reputable Australian pet shippers here. Hope this helps!

By Chloe on April 5, 2018 at 6:18 am

Hi, thanks for all the info you shared on this page! I find it very useful! I’m relocating with my 10 year old Yorkie from HK to Aussie very soon. We will reside in Adelaide but I plan to fly to Melb with my pup. Post quarantine, we are considering to fly from Melb to ADL, do we need to have a health check before flying domestically or any requirement/ paperwork for domestic flight? Also, I was told that mickleham quarantine does not release animals on weekends, is that true? Do they count day of arrival as Day 1 of the 10 days? Thanks a lot!

By Maegan at PetRelocation on April 9, 2018 at 8:38 am

Hi Chloe, Thanks for your question! As far as we know, pets must travel as "manifest cargo" and not as "in-cabin" within Australia domestically, just FYI. If your pup is being released from quarantine, a domestic health certificate will not be required from MEL. Mickleham does not accept pets to arrive on the weekends, but they will allow pets to be released on the weekends. Pets must spend 10 nights, not 10 days in quarantine. Hope this helps!

By Chloe Leung on April 23, 2018 at 10:40 pm

Thanks for your reply! I am desperately waiting for PEQ to send me that email to confirm release of my pup! It's day 5 today... no news from them since confirming his arrival on the day we landed... usually when do PEQ propose release date? thank you!

By Maegan at PetRelocation on April 24, 2018 at 2:28 pm

Hi Chloe, it can take up to 8 days before receiving the release appointment. If you'd like, you can send an email to - they can give you an update!

By Chloe on April 27, 2018 at 8:55 am

I have received that email asking me to make a reservation for release! The email however, didn’t state what documents are needed when picking up my dog. Presumably just my passport for identification and that’s it?

By Duja on March 7, 2018 at 11:11 am

Hi i want to visit my sister in Australia.I want ro bring ny Bichon frise dog that ia soo attached to me.he will not eat if im not around.he sleeps next to me.i dont imagine he will last 2 days in the facility. What can be done?

By Christina at PetRelocation on March 8, 2018 at 9:08 am

Hi Duja! Unfortunately, there is no way to bypass quarantine in Australia. Many pets do very well, however, and are just fine when their owners pick them up! If you would like to learn more about the rules for importing a dog to Australia, you can find some helpful information in our simple guide to bringing dogs and cats to Australia. Hope this helps!

By Briony DeMott on February 11, 2018 at 3:19 pm

Hi we are moving to Gold Coast but are going to fly into Melbourne to ensure we are on the same flight as our small dog. Are dogs directly transported from the arrivals airport to Mickelham quarantine (arranged by the facility there)? Or do we have to pick our dog up from arrivals at the airport and then transport him to Mickelham? Thanks

By Christina at PetRelocation on February 12, 2018 at 4:29 pm

Hi Briony, thanks for your question! Only quarantine staff is authorized to collect pets from their flights, so they will transport your dog to Mickleham. Happy travels!

By Michelle plant on March 4, 2018 at 8:11 pm

Hi, What about post quarantine? Do they return the pet back to the airport if they are to go on the next flight? Check them in...Or is this where I need to organise pet relocation services? I am organising the move myself from overseas. So far so good.With thanks. Michelle

By Christina at PetRelocation on March 5, 2018 at 2:23 pm

Hello, Michelle!

Once your pet has completed quarantine, they will need to be picked up by an authorized person (you or someone you’ve hired) on a designated day within a specified window of time. You can learn all about the quarantine facility, including more specific information about quarantine release here. Best of luck with everything!

By felicia on January 5, 2018 at 6:49 am

My dogs ( two small ones ) are travelling to Australia from Canada , my one is very attached to a toy that he b rings everywhere with him , Is he allowed to have this toy during the quarantine process

By Christina at PetRelocation on January 5, 2018 at 11:37 am

Hi Felicia!

Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, your dog will not be allowed to have his toy while in quarantine. The good news is he will receive great care and be closely monitored during his stay! If you are curious about other aspects of moving to Australia, including general quarantine accommodations, you may be interested in our Simple Guide to Bringing Dogs and Cats to Australia. Happy travels!

By Jean-Pierre Ryke on October 4, 2017 at 10:50 pm

Good day.I am busy bringing my two dogs over from South Africa. They actually flew out yesterday, 4 October, and should have landed in Melbourne already. Is there a number I can phone to find out how they are doing at this stage?Thank you in advance. JP

By on October 5, 2017 at 10:01 am

Hello Jean-Pierre, thanks for the question!

You can find contact information for the Mickleham facility on the PEQ website here. However, they typically keep you informed via email within 24 hours of your dogs' arrival so we recommend looking out for this email first.

We hope this helps and that you are reunited with your dogs soon!

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