Export of Whole Live Animals

(excluding insects and aquatic animals - see below for insects and aquatic animals)

It is essential that you contact and work with the Core Animal Facility staff and Animal Welfare Officer when transporting animals.


Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) approval to transport

Any transport of animals must be approved by a relevant AEC. This may be incorporated into a standard application, but any transport not covered by a standard application (e.g. sending breeding stock to another Institution) must be approved separately by way of an application for approval of a minor amendment. 

Transport of animals into or from the University must be in accordance with AEC approved SOPs of the University animal facility. 

Other considerations

The CAF staff will organise a veterinary certificate and most of other paper work. However researchers may still need to organise a:

  1. Material transfer agreement. research.contracts@unisa.edu.au
  2. IBC or OGTR approval to transport
  3. Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) approval, both UniSA AEC and the recipient institution AEC.
  4. The exporter and recipient name, address and telephone number, to be add to the shipping container.


Air transport of animals infected with infectious substances is prohibited.

The exception to this is if the infectious agent can not be transported in any other manner.


Ensure that a competent person with experience in handly animals takes delivery of the animals. Animals must be transported to certified animal facilities of equal or higher containment levels.

Ensure that the animals arrive at the intended destination.

Animals infected or containing NLRD, DNIR and DIR genetically modified organisms must be transported and treated as GMOs.

Insect and Aquatic Animal Export

The same regulations which apply to other biological material apply to insects and aquatic animals. These regulations apply not only to the whole insect or aquatic animal but their eggs, semen and lavae.

Genetically modified insects, aquatic animals and animals containing GM micororganisms must be packed and transported in accordance with the OGTR Transport, Storage and Disposal Guidelines. 

Animal Ethics Committee approval is not required for transport of insects and aquatic animals.