Transit centres and the NLIS

Both local authorities and private companies which operate transit centres are identified under the Biosecurity Act 2014 as a registrable biosecurity entity and must comply with NLIS requirements.

A transit centre is either:

  • a spelling facility for stock
  • a yard used as a dip for travelling stock
  • another facility for drafting, weighing, reconsigning or transhipping stock.

Registrable biosecurity entities must register with Biosecurity Queensland to be allocated a property identification code (PIC) for livestock traceability purposes.

NLIS tagging requirements

All cattle, sheep and goats must be identified with an approved NLIS device before travelling to a clearing facility or transit centre.

Movement records

All animal movements must be accompanied by a movement record from the place where the animal is kept to the final destination via the facility.

Reporting to the NLIS database

It is the facility's responsibility to report all movements of cattle, sheep and goats to the NLIS database within 48 hours of the animals being delivered to the facility.

To report to the NLIS database the facility must register for a 'transit centre' NLIS account. To register for a 'transit centre' account visit the NLIS website. If you require further assistance contact the NLIS helpdesk on 1800 654 743.

MLA tech tips (PDF, 4.5MB) are available on the NLIS database to assist with the NLIS reporting requirements..

Reporting on cattle, sheep and goat movement

Mob based movement

For all cattle, sheep and goats on a through-movement to another destination, the cattle tick clearing facility operator or transit centre operator must report to the NLIS database using the 'mob based movement' function which can be found in the transit centre account. A 'mob based movement onto PIC' and a 'mob based movement off PIC' must be completed for each mob.

The following information must be reported when completing a 'mob based movement':

  • date of arrival
  • PIC of the place of origin
  • PIC of destination
  • number of animals
  • serial number of movement record.

Cattle place to transit centre

Where cattle are consigned to the transit centre as a final destination, as documented in the movement record details, the person responsible for the cattle at the centre must ensure that all animals are individually read and transferred on the database.

The following information must be reported:

  • NLIS or RFID tag number for each animal
  • serial number of movement record
  • PIC of the place of origin
  • PIC of destination
  • date of arrival.

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