Property of origin certification for exporting animals or animal products

If you export livestock, other commercial or exhibited animals, or animal products from Australia, you need to meet certain eligibility criteria.

Each importing country has its own specific set of requirements based on the type of animal or animal product being imported and the animal health status of the exporting country. You should always check for the current importing country requirements.

Information about exporting animals and animal products

Information on exporting live animals and requirements for agricultural exporting can be found on the Australian Government's Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and Manual of Importing Country Requirements (Micor).

It is essential to provide health certificates to the importing country that demonstrate your animals or animal products meet market requirements for Queensland-based exporters.

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry is responsible for live animal export trade and sets the conditions and welfare standards for exporting animals.

For livestock, other commercial or exhibited animals and animal products originating from Queensland, the Australian Government relies on information provided by the Queensland Government.

About the property of origin certificate

Biosecurity Queensland, part of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, can provide property of origin certification which certifies the property that animals or animal products originate from, are free of relevant reportable or notifiable diseases and pests.

Animals must have resided on the property for the previous 30 days. Saleyards or export depots cannot be used as the property of origin.

Biosecurity Queensland's ability to provide this certification relies on the state's robust biosecurity systems. This includes animal disease and pest surveillance, disease investigation and diagnostics, livestock identification and traceability and the legal requirement for people to notify the department of reportable or notifiable diseases or pests.

If the importing country requires certification for a disease or pest that is not reportable or notifiable under Queensland legislation, For more information contact the Australian Government Department of Fisheries and Forestry.

Applying for a property of origin certificate

You can apply for a property of origin certificate online. A fee applies and must be paid at the time you submit your application.

To apply, you will need the following information:

  • name of vessel or flight number
  • expected departure date
  • port of departure
  • country of destination
  • property identification codes (PICs) – animals must have resided on this property for the previous 30 days (excluding saleyards or export depots)
  • registered biosecurity entity name of the person supplying the livestock
  • current importing country requirements must be attached.

Applications must be submitted at least 4 business days before the departure date.

Note: Certification cannot be guaranteed if you submit your application with less than 4 days notice.

There is a 10-day turnaround time (approximately) for processing and finalising certificate.


The fees are:

  • Initial application fee (includes up to 20 PICs)
  • Increment fee for each additional 10 PICs, or any additional PICs up to a total of 10.

Increment fees (fee for each additional 10 PICs, or any additional PICs up to a total of 10) are also charged if PICs are added to an initial application that has been submitted.

Certificate amendments and refunds

Amendments will only be accepted prior to the certificate being issued. Any changes requested after a certificate has been issued will be classed as a new application and you will be charged an initial application fee.

Refunds are not provided if PICs are removed from an initial application that has been submitted or if PICs are not cleared free of relevant reportable/notifiable diseases as part of the certification process.

More information

For further information, email or phone the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries on 13 25 23.