National livestock identification system (NLIS) - Queensland


The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) ensures lifetime movements of cattle, sheep, pigs and goats can be identified and recorded. Animal movements need to be recorded against property identification code (PICs) on the NLIS database.

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

Approved NLIS devices and tags are only available from licenced manufacturers. NLIS devices are permanent devices that must not be removed once fitted, and will remain for the lifetime of that animal.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Eligibility requirements

You will need to register as a biosecurity entity and obtain a property identification code before you can register on NLIS and obtain a NLIS accredited tagging device.


Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
General All Accredited devices - PDF (Opens in new window)

Approval time

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

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Biosecurity Queensland

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.