Posted October 20, 2018 06:08:22 The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released its latest animal crossing data, which shows the number of animals crossing between Australia and New Zealand in the first half of 2018 was up 1,097 compared to the same period in 2017.
This was largely due to the introduction of the Animal Crossing Australia Passport.
The Passport enables the Animal Welfare Standards Authority (AWSA) to keep records of the animals’ location and movements, and allows for the safe transport of animals.
There were 2,084 animals crossing into New Zealand last year, and 1,957 in 2017, according to the ABS.
The number of crossing incidents for New Zealand fell by 50 per cent compared to last year.
The figure for Australia has dropped by 40 per cent over the same time.
The latest figures show that animals crossing in New Zealand totalled 2,723 in the 12 months to June 2018, down from 3,096 in the same 12-month period last year and 3,099 in 2016.
While New Zealand recorded the lowest number of crossings in the year, the ABS said the number is down on the previous 12 months.
Animals crossing the Tasmanian coast from Tasmania to the South Island were the main focus of the Australian Bureau’s new statistics.
While the Tasmanians accounted for 4 per cent of the crossings in Queensland in the past 12 months, the number fell to 2.8 per cent in the second half of the year.
New South Wales had the second highest number of animal crossings, with 8,082 animals crossing from the state into New South Africa, down slightly from 9,722 animals in the previous year.
Other regions also recorded decreases in the number crossing.
The biggest drop in crossings occurred in Western Australia, with the number dropping from 2,932 in the final quarter of 2017 to 2,632 last year in the last 12 months of the financial year.
Western Australia recorded a 7.3 per cent fall in animal crossings to 5,890 in the latest quarter of 2018.