Animal Feed including pet food, stockfeed, aquaculture feed and bait

​​​This page outlines the information that must be included with an application to import various types of animal feed:

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Livestock feeds

The information below is required to accompany all applications to import stockfeed or stockfeed ingredients into Australia.

Please note that the Animal Feed Production Questionnaire must be completed by the manufacturer and submitted with all applications. The Microalgae Questionnaire must be completed and submitted by the relevant parties, as indicated on the questionnaire, with all applications for stockfeed containing microalgae.

Stockfeed of terrestrial animal or avian orig​in:

The information below is required to accompany all applications to import stockfeed of terrestrial animal or avian origin into Australia.

  • Complete list of ingredients
  • Origin of each ingredient i.e. animal, plant, microbial, fungal, synthetic
  • Species and country of origin of all animal derived ingredients
  • Details of the manufacturing process. Applicants may wish to provide a flowchart of production to illustrate the manufacturing steps.

Please note that this product is currently only accepted from New Zealand. There are no conditions to import animal based stockfeed from other countries.

The department has developed import conditions for the use of dairy product imported from approved foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) free countries for human consumption where a certain proportion is subsequently downgraded for stockfeed use. Further information can be found in the Information Paper: Downgrading Human Consumption Dairy to Stockfeed.

Stockfeed of aquatic animal origin:

The information below is required to accompany all applications to import stockfeed of aquatic animal origin into Australia.

  • Complete list of ingredients 
  • Origin of each ingredient i.e. animal, plant, microbial, fungal, synthetic
  • Species and country of origin of all animal derived ingredients
  • Details of the manufacturing process. Applicants may wish to provide a flowchart of production to illustrate the manufacturing steps.

Fermentation based stockfeed:

The information below is required to accompany all applications to import fermentation based stockfeed into Australia.

  • Complete list of ingredients including the genus and species names of all microorganisms used in manufacture
  • Complete list of ingredients in the fermentation media
  • Origin of each ingredient in the final product and the fermentation media i.e. animal, plant, microbial, fungal, synthetic
  • Species and country of origin of all animal derived ingredients
  • Flowchart of production showing all steps in manufacture. This must include all heat (please include times and temperatures), chemical, purification and fermentation steps. Please include the sterilisation protocol for the fermentation media
  • Details of any carriers used (and methods of sterilisation for the carriers), and
  • Details of packaging (bulk or small bags).

Pet feeds

The information below is required to accompany all applications to import pet food or pet food ingredients into Australia.

Please note that the Animal Feed Production Questionnaire must be completed by the manufacturer and submitted with all applications.

Canned / retorted pet food:

The information below is required to accompany all applications to import canned or retorted pet food into Australia.

  • Complete contents of product, expressed in percentages and adding up to 100% (include water)
  • Origin of each ingredient (ie. animal, plant, microbial, chemical, vitamin or mineral)
  • Species of origin of all animal ingredients (e.g. bovine, ovine, porcine, avian, fish)
  • Country of origin of all animal ingredients
  • Manufacturer’s flowchart which includes information on the key processing steps e.g. preparation stages, product heat treatments, filling and packaging, sealing of final packaging and sterilization steps (canning/retorting). The flowchart must make reference to the temperature achieved at the core (centre) of each of the products and the period of time that this core temperature is maintained
  • Name of manufacturer (if different to exporter).

Dry or semi moist pet food:

The information below is required to accompany all applications to import dry or semi moist pet food into Australia.

  • Full list of ingredients of product, expressed in percentages and adding up to 100% (include water)
  • Origin of each ingredient (ie. animal, plant, microbial, chemical, vitamin or mineral)
  • Species of origin of all animal ingredients e.g. bovine, ovine, porcine, avian, fish
    N.B. For fish ingredients please indicate if they are derived from the family Salmonidae i.e. salmon, trout or related species 
  • Country of origin of all animal ingredients
  • Full processing details including any heat treatments applied to individual ingredients and the finished product.  This must include the temperature achieved at the core (centre) of each of the products and the period of time that this core temperature is maintained and at what pressure
  • Name of manufacturer of final product (if different to exporter)
  • For products with a coating (e.g. fat, digest, palatability enhancer), applied following the primary production steps outlined above, the following information is also required
    • Full list of ingredients of the coating, expressed in percentages and adding up to 100%
    • Origin of each ingredient (ie. animal, plant, microbial, chemical, vitamin or mineral)
    • Species of origin of all animal ingredients (e.g. bovine, ovine, porcine, avian, fish)
    • Country of origin of all animal ingredients
    • Full processing details related to the coating. This must include the temperature achieved at the core (centre) of the coating ingredient and the period of time that this core temperature is maintained and at what pressure 
    • Name of manufacturer of the coating/s, and
  • Date of last department inspection of the final product and coating manufacturing facilities (inspections should be performed and approval renewed every 2 years). Exceptions:
    • For New Zealand: The animal by-products must be derived from premises licensed pursuant to the Meat Act 1981 or approved by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and produced in accordance with New Zealand law.
    • For the USA: The manufacturing facility/ies must be USDA approved and registered as approved for export to Australia. Approval should be renewed every 2 years.

Please note: Dry pet food products are often 'coated' with a palatability enhancer following the significant processing step (e.g. drying / extrusion). This 'coating' is usually of animal origin and the processing of the coating is generally performed at a suppliers premise (i.e. not by the manufacturer of the final pet food product). Each supplier's premises must therefore have Department of Agriculture approval. Likewise, where the significant processing step (e.g. drying / extrusion) does not meet department requirements, processing of the individual ingredients (e.g. poultry meal, bovine liver) will be taken into account. Generally, this individual ingredient processing is performed at a suppliers premise (i.e. not by the manufacturer of the final pet food product). Each supplier’s premises must therefore have approval from the Department of Agriculture approval.

Bird feeds

The information below is required to accompany all applications to import bird feed or bird feed ingredients into Australia.

Please note that the Animal Feed Production Questionnaire must be completed by the manufacturer and submitted with all applications.

The following information is required to accompany all applications to import bird feed into Australia:

  • Complete list of ingredients of product, expressed in percentages and adding up to 100%
  • Origin of each ingredient (i.e. animal, plant, microbial, chemical, vitamin or mineral)
  • Species of origin of all animal ingredients (e.g. bovine, ovine, porcine, avian, fish)
  • Country of origin of all animal ingredients
  • Species of origin (i.e. botanical name) of all plant material (e.g. Phalaris canariensis)
  • Form of all plant material (e.g. seed/grain, peeled & cored fruit, stem, leaves, root)
  • Full processing details. This may include pre-conditioning, extrusion, drying and baking applied to the final product. However, processing of the final product often includes nothing more than mixing of the component ingredients. In this case, please include any treatments applied to individual ingredients. This may include milling or grinding of seeds/grains (please include particle sizes), fermentation (please include 100% ingredients of fermentation broth), heat treatments, pressure treatments, or an application of steam. All treatments should include a measurement of the parameter (e.g. pressure of 300psi, core temperature of 100°C) and the duration of the treatment (e.g. 30 minutes), and
  • Name of manufacturer of final product (if different to exporter).

Pet fish feed

The information below is required to accompany all applications to import pet fish feed or pet fish feed ingredients into Australia.

Please note that the Animal Feed Production Questionnaire must be completed by the manufacturer and submitted with all applications.

The following information is required to accompany all applications to import pet fish feeds into Australia.

Pet fish feed for use in enclosed aquaria (and in individual packages ≤ 30kg):

  • Complete list of ingredients of product, expressed in percentages and adding up to 100%
  • Origin of each ingredient (i.e. animal, plant, microbial, chemical, vitamin or mineral)
  • Species of origin of all animal ingredients (e.g. bovine, porcine, avian, Salmo spp (salmon))
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  • Name of manufacturer of final product (if different to exporter).

Pet fish feed for use in enclosed aquaria (and in individual packages > 30kg):

Please refer to the ‘Aquaculture feeds and baits’ section below.

Aquaculture feeds and baits

The following information is required to accompany all applications to import aquaculture feeds and baits into Australia.

Please note that the Animal Feed ProductionQuestionnaire must be completed by the manufacturer and submitted with all applications for permits to import aquaculture feeds. A Microalgae Questionnaire must be completed and submitted by the relevant parties, as indicated on the questionnaire, with all applications for aquaculture feed containing microalgae.

Processed aquaculture feed and processed aquatic baits e.g. lures containing components of biological origin:

The information below is required to accompany all applications to import processed aquaculture feed into Australia.

  • Complete list of ingredients of product, expressed in percentages and adding up to 100%
  • Origin of each ingredient (i.e. animal, plant, microbial, chemical, vitamin or mineral)
  • Species of origin of all animal ingredients (e.g. bovine, porcine, avian, Salmo spp (salmon))
  • Country of origin of all animal ingredients
  • Full processing details. This may include pre-conditioning, extrusion, drying and baking applied to the final product. However, processing of the final product often includes nothing more than mixing of the component ingredients. In this case, please include any treatments applied to individual ingredients. This usually includes, heat treatments and sometimes pressure treatments. All treatments should include a measurement of the parameter (e.g. pressure of 300psi, core temperature of 100°C) and the duration of the treatment (e.g. 30 minutes), and
  • Name of manufacturer of final product (if different to exporter
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Unprocessed aquaculture feed e.g. squid, fish—including fish heads, and unprocessed aquatic baits e.g. squid, fish—including fish heads:

The information below is required to accompany all applications to import unprocessed aquaculture feed into Australia

  • Full scientific name and common name of each species
  • Country or countries of export and origin (if various countries each country must be listed)
  • Information regarding the level of processing (ie. whole or eviscerated, head-on or head-off), and
  • Whether the product is wild caught or farmed.