Moving Interstate? Have You Thought About Quarantine?

If you’re getting ready to make a long-distance move across state borders, you have got a lot to think about. Yet have you stopped to think about how quarantine restrictions may impact your move? There are a number of rules that are designed to safeguard native species on a state-by-state basis.

The Risks Of Non-Compliance

The Australian government has identified a number of different plants and certain animal species that can harbour diseases or pests. When these risks are inadvertently introduced to a production area and an outbreak occurs, this can result in significant cost and, in certain cases, destruction of livelihoods. The government will need to set up control measures, and there may be a direct effect on the market for certain crops, or entire industries.

It is important to check the rules on a state-by-state basis according to your destination and any states you may be transiting. The most up-to-date information is published by a central government organisation, and it’s important to remember that new diseases, weeds or pests can be detected from time to time.

What’s Restricted?

The official guidance indicates that a variety of different diseases can be introduced through the movement of fruit and vegetables, plant or plant products, animals or animal products, soil, agricultural machinery or other equipment, or recreational equipment. While it is fairly easy to exclude fruit and vegetables from your travel list and you may be unlikely to have agricultural machinery on your packing list, many people moving from state to state will need to consider the other categories carefully.

Are My Pets Okay?

As far as domestic pets are concerned, dogs and cats are normally okay in all cases. However, mammals and native birds or pet reptiles must be cleared first through the appropriate office for the specific state or territory. Exotic fish must also be cleared separately. There are different points of contact specific to each state or territory, but the phone and e-mail details can be accessed through this central site.

Remember that if you have potted plants, both the plants themselves and the soil surrounding them may be controlled according to which territory or state you are travelling.

Interstate removal specialists have the most up-to-date information related to quarantine restrictions. It is advisable to consult with an experienced removalist, like those found at Price’s Removals, well in advance of your move to discuss not only quarantine matters, but also best practices and preparation.

Author: Barbara Goodwin

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