Ahead of the NSW state election on 25 March 2023, the NSW Government caretaker period has commenced. Limited updates will be made to this website during this period.

Sheep and Goat Individual Electronic Identification

NSW is currently transitioning to mandatory individual electronic identification for sheep and goats.

In September 2022, all agricultural ministers in Australia agreed to work towards mandatory implementation of sheep and goat eIDs nation-wide by 1 January 2025.

NSW DPI and representatives from sectors across the sheep and goat industries have worked together closely to develop an implementation plan for mandatory sheep and goat eID’s in NSW. All representatives sit on the NSW eID Sheep and Goat Reference Group.





NSW timeline

December 2022

January to June 2023

  • Launch education and training
  • Finalise industry assistance package

June to December 2023

  • Regulation review

January to June 2024

  • New regulation commences

30 June 2024

  • Mandatory processor scanning commences

1 January 2025

  • Mandatory saleyard depot and property to property scanning commences
  • Mandatory tagging for all sheep and farmed goats born on or after 1 January 2025

1 January 2027

  • Mandatory tagging for all movements of sheep and farmed goats leaving a property