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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. NLIS is endorsed by major producer, feedlot, agent, saleyard and processor bodies.


Significance of The NLIS

As Australia exports two-thirds of its beef and veal production, around 200,000 people are involved in the red meat industry, including on-farm production, processing and retail.

Australia is free from most agricultural and aquatic pests and diseases and its ‘clean and green’ reputation provides a major trading advantage, so an animal disease epidemic or chemical residue incident could cripple the industry and lead to the collapse of export markets.

Buying, Selling, and Moving Livestock

Each time that livestock are bought, sold or moved from one property (PIC) to another, a livestock movement must be recorded on the NLIS Database.

The information required to record a livestock movement varies depending on where the animals have moved from and to, and on the type of identification attached to the livestock.

Tagging Livestock

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

All devices that are NLIS accredited will have the NLIS logo printed on them.

Cattle devices will also have the words 'Do not remove' printed on the male button.

Cattle Traceability Standards

The purpose of this Standard is to specify minimum standards that, if adhered to, will ensure the traceability of cattle for disease control and food safety purposes.

The standards represent minimum mandatory requirements needed to ensure compliance with the National Livestock Traceability Performance Standards.

Minimum standards support the harmonisation in legislation across jurisdictions. It is recognised that State/Territory legislation may impose more demanding requirements.

Industry participants need to comply with relevant legislation in the jurisdiction in which they operate.