National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS) - Australian Government

Service summary

You will be required to comply with the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) if you are a producer, saleyard, processor or have livestock under your control. All livestock under the care of producers, saleyards, and processors are required to be registered and their movements recorded.

The NLIS is Australia's system for the identification and tracing of cattle, goats, lambs and sheep. It is a permanent whole-of-life identification system that enables individual animals to be tracked from property of birth to slaughter for food safety, product integrity and market access purposes.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To participate in the scheme you will need to create a NLIS account.

Please consult with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.





Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.


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Administering agency

Meat and Livestock Australia

Act(s) name

Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Regulations 1998 (Australian Government)

Contact details

National Livestock Identification System Support
Meat and Livestock Australia

Operating address:
Level 1
40 Mount Street
North Sydney
New South Wales 2060
Mailing address:
PO BOX 1961
North Sydney, Western Australia 2059




02 94639136

Supporting information


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