Hi petal, we are exporting our dog, hopefully but things are not going to plan with her as she is not getting a high enough antibody reading which we have been trying to get to for the last 6 months and we are leaving in the next few weeks , Ideally with a dog you need to have rabbies injection at least 7 months before travel followed but a blood test at least 4 weeks later which show a specific antibody count. Once this is satisfactory you can export the dog 6 months later. You will need to book your quarintine and flight , once you have these dates all other bit need doing 45 days prior to departure. We had a quote from pet air uk and it was extortionate ! Transfur, were really helpful. I'm going to look into doing it ourselves if possible.
A pet export guy Paul Jeffrey at Transfur told me The issue with the quarintine in Melbourne is that the filgts that land in the time that quarintine is open have a really long stopover I cannot remember off the top of my head but too long like 12 hrs or something. The flights into Sydney are much less but apparently Sydney quarintine is closing for refurbishment this year. he felt that because Melbourne would be the main quarintine center they would need to address the flight options.
For or us with a small dog it's going to be about £3500 but that price dose not include the vet bills here.
I have to say I have put working out all the details of getting her to oz on a back burner which I will get to grips with nearer the time because untill her bloods come back ok it is still going to be another 6 months at least, she is going to stay with a friend x.
Hope this helps x