National Livestock Identification System

The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) ensures lifetime movements of cattle, sheep, pigs and goats can be identified and recorded within Australia. Queensland participates in the NLIS, which is supported by Queensland legislation.

Traceability, especially lifetime traceability, is important for biosecurity purposes, including the management of disease and chemical residues.

View our National Livestock Identification System video for more information.

Property identification code (PIC)

The NLIS is based on the property identification system. Animal movements are recorded against PICs on the National NLIS database.

Anyone in Queensland who keeps the threshold number of livestock are registerable biosecurity entities and must be registered with Biosecurity Queensland to be allocated a PIC.

NLIS requirements

There are specific NLIS requirements when moving different types of livestock in Queensland. All cattle, sheep, pigs and goats must be fitted with an approved NLIS device when moving between properties identified with different a PIC. All movements must be reported to the NLIS database within 48 hours of livestock being moved.

NLIS devices are permanent devices that must not be removed once fitted, and will remain for the lifetime of that animal. If a device is lost, the animal must be retagged with an approved NLIS device prior to moving off the property.

Ordering NLIS devices

To order an NLIS device you must first verify your PIC and obtain an official order form from Biosecurity Queensland. Complete the relevant sections and have a biosecurity inspector sign the order form.

Lodge the order form with your rural agent or directly with the manufacturer (specifying your serial number sequence if required).

Please allow sufficient time between ordering the tags and when they are required to be used.

Natural disasters and stray stock

The NLIS can be used to assist the relocation of livestock displaced by a natural disaster, or livestock that have strayed.

Find out how the NLIS can help with moving cattle during floods and natural disasters and identifying stray cattle after a natural disaster.

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