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.

Funding available to transition to electronic identification

The $38 million NSW Sheep and Goat eID Infrastructure Rebate Scheme will soon be open.

Applications open:

  • processors and saleyards from 1 August 2023.
  • producers and stock and station agents from 3 October 2023.

What can I do now?





NSW timeline

December 2022

30 June 2024

  • Mandatory processor eID scanning and upload

1 January 2025

  • Mandatory eID for all sheep and farmed goats born from this date, prior to leaving property of birth
  • Mandatory eID scanning and upload by saleyards and depots
  • Mandatory eID property to property transfers

1 January 2027

  • Mandatory eID for all sheep and farmed goats prior to leaving any property

Contact us

If you have questions not covered by our frequently asked questions, email the DPI team on