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Carriage of animals

Carriage of animals CAR 256A

The operator of an aircraft may not permit a live animal to be in the aircraft unless:

  • the animal is in a container and is carried in accordance with this regulation or
  • the animal is carried with the written permission of CASA and in accordance with any conditions specified in the permission.

The above does not apply to a dog accompanying a visually impaired or hearing impaired person as a guide or an assistant if the dog is:

  • carried in the passenger cabin of the aircraft
  • placed on a moisture-absorbent mat as near to the person as practicable
  • restrained in a way that will prevent the dog from moving from the mat.

More than one animal must not be kept in the same container if doing so would be likely to adversely affect the safety of the aircraft.

A container must be so constructed that:

  • an animal kept in the container cannot escape from the container
  • any water or excreta in the container are not likely to escape from the container in normal flying conditions
  • the container will withstand being damaged in a way that may allow an animal, or water or excreta, in the container to escape.

A container in which an animal is kept must not be in the passenger cabin of an aircraft.

An animal must be restrained in a container that is strong enough to withstand damage that may allow the animal to escape. The animal must also be restrained in a way that prevents an adverse effect on the load distribution of the aircraft.

An animal must not be carried on an aircraft if carrying the animal would be likely to adversly affect the safety of the aircraft.

In this regulation, animal means any member of the animal kingdom other than man.

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New rules come into effect from 2 December 2021 that cover the general operating and flight rules. We are currently updating this guide to reflect the new rules. A new version will be available to download from 2 December.
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