National Livestock Identification System (NLIS)

The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) is Australia's system for the identification and traceability of cattle, sheep and goats. NLIS reflects Australia's commitment to biosecurity and food safety and provides a competitive advantage in a global market.

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The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) is Australia's system for the identification and traceability of cattle, sheep and goats. NLIS reflects Australia's commitment to biosecurity and food safety and provides a competitive advantage in a global market.

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How does the NLIS work?

The NLIS combines three elements to enable the lifetime tracebility of animals:

1. All livestock are identified by a visual or electronic eartag/device.

2. All physical locations are identified by means of a Property Identification Code (PIC)

3. All livestock location data and movements are recorded in a central database

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How does the NLIS work?

NLIS Standards

NLIS is endorsed by major producer, feedlot, agent, saleyard and processor bodies. In addition to this, it is underpinned by State/Territory legislation, which forms the regulatory framework for the system, NLIS Ltd is ISO9001 certified.

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Traceability through the supply chain

All animals are identified with an accredited NLIS tag or device from their property (PIC) of birth. As animals are bought, sold and moved along the supply chain, each movement is recorded centrally on the NLIS database. Using this information, the NLIS is able to provide a life history of an animal's movements.

Need NLIS Technical Support? 

If you're receiving warning emails, having issues with the NLIS database or are having trouble logging in we have an overview of tips.

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Tools & Resources

NLIS FAQs

You can recover your NLIS user ID and password here.

Yes, you do. All livestock movements must be recorded on the NLIS database, regardless of the size of your property or the number of animals on the property.

If livestock are bought, sold or moved through a saleyard, the livestock movement must be recorded by the saleyard. For private sales (i.e. sales and movements that do not take place via a saleyard), the buyer/receiver of the livestock must record the livestock movement onto their property.

The vendor/sender of the livestock is not obligated to record the movement off their property, although they may do so.

All animals leaving a property (PIC) must be identified with an NLIS accredited device before moving, unless a permit is obtained from the state or territory authority.

More information on tagging requirements for cattle, sheep and goats is available here.

You should contact your local authority about:

  • PIC registration
  • Ordering NLIS devices
  • Livestock movement requirements
  • NLIS compliance, including timeframes for completing transfers on the database
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