Approval of Permanent Identifiers - New South Wales

Service summary

If you are own or intend to own livestock, you may be required to attach a permanent identifier to your stock. Livestock includes cattle, sheep, pigs and goats. A stock identifier, for example a brand or earmark, must not be attached to stock unless it is approved by the Agency or is a National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) accredited tag or device.

You must ensure that your stock has an identifier:

  • before your livestock leaves your property whether or not that property is the one on which it was born (for example, you may be selling the livestock)
  • on arrival of the livestock in NSW
  • if directed to do so by an inspector.

Brands or earmarks are supplied by the Agency, the district registrar, or an authorised person as authorised by the Act.

Please consult your regional office for more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.



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



Application for Approval of Permanent Identifiers - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Administering agency

Department of Industry
Local Land Services

Act(s) name

Stock Diseases Act 1923 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Stock Diseases Regulation 2009 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Department of Industry
Local Land Services

Operating address:
MLC Centre
Level 48
19 Martin Place
Sydney, New South Wales 2000
Mailing address:
PO BOX 2105
Dubbo, New South Wales 2830

Toll Free:

1300 795 299


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