National Livestock Identification System


National Livestock Identification System

The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) is Australia's system for identification and traceability of livestock. It was introduced in 1999 to enhance Australia's ability to track cattle during disease and food incidents. Since then it has expanded to enable not only cattle, but also sheep and goats to be traced from property of birth to slaughter for:

  • Biosecurity
  • Meat safety
  • Product integrity
  • Market access

NLIS is endorsed by major producer, feedlot, agent, saleyard and processor bodies. In addition to this it is underpinned by State/Territory legislation, which forms the regulatory framework for the system.

NLIS Ltd operates the central NLIS Database on which the livestock movements must be recorded. State/Territory NLIS authorities provide information on:

  • Property Identification Codes (PIC).
  • Ordering NLIS devices imprinted with your PIC.
  • NLIS regulations for cattle, sheep and goats.

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