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 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 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 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 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 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!

By Janine on September 10, 2017 at 5:04 am

Hi, I'm wanting to fly my two poodles from France to Australia and it says on the quarantine site they can share a kennel. Do they still allow this? And do they have a bed of some sort? I was told they are kept on bare concrete with not even one of those plastic hammock beds. Also my dogs are raw fed and if they are given biscuits will get the runs. Can I arrange raw food for them?

By on September 11, 2017 at 10:34 am

Hello Janine,

Thank you for reaching out!

The facility keeps all pets in their own individual pens to ensure they can keep track of food intake or any health reactions properly. They do try to keep families in adjacent pens to minimize anxiety as much as possible, but will only put pets in the same run if one of the pets is showing consistent anxiety.

Also, they do provide bedding to the animals staying in quarantine (you will notice the cat picture above includes a cat bed/house) and they do allow special food to be provided. However, it is best to reach out to the facility to check on the raw food requirements as we are only aware that you may order from this website to have it delivered to quarantine.

I hope this helps, Janine. Good luck with everything!

By Emma on August 29, 2017 at 7:18 pm

Hi. If moving 2 cats from Brazil to Australia, will they be able to be in the same cell in quarantine?

By on August 30, 2017 at 2:54 pm

Hello Emma,

Great question! The facility keeps all pets in their own individual pens to ensure they can keep track of food intake properly. However, they do try to keep families in adjacent pens to minimize anxiety as much as possible.

I hope this helps! If you have more questions or need further guidance, please let us know.

By Harold on July 22, 2017 at 4:57 am

Hello.I would like to bring my dog in Australia so it's gonna go by the Mickleham quarantine.It's an afraid dog I bring from the street few years ago, it could be agressiv with someone it doesn't know. How it's gonna be in quarantine there, the managment of this kind of dog?thank you

By on July 25, 2017 at 9:22 am

Hi Harold, thanks for reaching out!

Whenever we move a pet with possible aggression issues, we advise that everyone involved be notified (both verbally and by placing a note on the outside of the kennel). When you book your quarantine spot (or ideally before) you can also contact the facility directly to see what they advise.

The staff at the quarantine facility are trained to handle all kinds of pets and they'll be able to advise you even better of how you should proceed.

Finally, if you decide to work with us we'll be able to help you further. Just let us know by filling out our online form, and good luck with everything!

By Maxine McDermott on June 5, 2017 at 12:15 am

HiDo you know why owners are not allowed to visit their pets in the facility?I thought that the new facility was allowing visits during their 10 day stay?Thanks Maxine

By on June 5, 2017 at 9:06 am

Hi Maxine, according to the PEQ website, visiting is not allowed due to the relatively short duration of the quarantine period. In our experience, though quarantine isn't ideal, pets handle the experience with no ill effects and are treated very well during their stay. Read more about the facility here ( and please let us know if you have any questions!

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