The NLIS (cattle) enhances Australia’s ability to maintain access to key export markets and helps to quickly contain a major food safety or disease incident. NLIS allows animals to be tracked from property of birth to slaughter, for biosecurity, food safety, product integrity and market access purposes.
To move stock off your property, you need to complete a National Vendor Declaration (Cattle NVD and Waybill). To obtain a book of NVDs, print an electronic NVD (eDec) on the LPA website or complete and submit an eNVD form directly to NLIS, you need to become accredited with Livestock Production Assurance (LPA).
Register at MLA's About the Livestock Production Assurance program page or phone 1800 683 111.
Order your NVDs via the LPA website or by phone. NVDs are issued in a book of 20 pre-printed with your PIC details, or are available on the LPA website as an eDec, or eNVD.
Order at MLA's About the Livestock Production Assurance program or phone 1800 683 111.
All individual cattle movements must be recorded on the NLIS database.
Your stock and station agent can assist you to scan and record cattle movements.
It is important that you record your NLIS user ID and password somewhere you will be able to retrieve it.
NLIS devices can be ordered through your local rural merchandiser or direct from tag manufacturers. Place your order at least 14 days before you need them.
There are two types of NLIS devices:
There are two ear tags colours:
Breeder device (white)
Apply to animals born on your property. Note: White devices can be used to replace lost devices for cattle born on your property.
Post-breeder device (red)
Apply to cattle no longer on their property of birth, or to introduced animals that have lost their original tag.
Before selling any stock, check each animal has an NLIS ear tag. Stock without an ear tag must be tagged with a tag printed with your PIC. Breeder tags are to be used for home bred cattle, and orange post-breeder tags for bought in animals.
Cattle should have one NLIS tag only. It is illegal to remove an NLIS tag.
The NVD or other movement document, such as a Transported Stock Statement, must be completed prior to movement of your stock.
Download a sample NVD (JPG, 568.29 KB)
It is illegal to make alterations to the pre-printed PIC in the NVD.
NLIS Cattle is a device-based system. Complete a transfer onto or off your property in 4 simple steps.
With cattle, all you need to know to complete an NLIS transfer, is the NLIS ID or RFID of animals and what’s on the NVD: the PIC the animals are from, the PIC you are moving animals to (one of them must be your PIC), date of movement and NVD serial number.
Saleyards record movements of cattle to and from their premises and abattoirs record movements to the abattoir. Agents can assist in recording movements of cattle onto your property after a private livestock sale.
There are two distinct numbers for an NLIS device: NLIS (visual) ID and a Radio Frequency Identification Device (electronic) - RFID. The system links these numbers on the NLIS database, and either may be used to record cattle movements.
To prevent errors, the numbers must be entered in the correct format.
NLIS (visual) ID
This number is printed on the outside of the NLIS device – either the ear tag or bolus management tag. The number sequence is as follows:
This number is encoded on a microchip inside the NLIS device. It is a globally unique, random number that can only be read by an NLIS scanner. This number is formatted in the following sequence: