Brand and identify livestock

National Livestock Identification System in the NT

The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) is Australia's system for identifying and tracing livestock for food safety, product integrity and market access purposes.

It is a permanent whole-of-life identification system that allows individual animals to be traced from the property of birth to slaughter or export.

In the Northern Territory (NT) all cattle, buffalo, sheep and goats must have an approved NLIS device attached to their right ear before they are moved off a property regardless of where they are going.

For more information or to register your property or stock go to the NLIS website.

Order forms for NLIS tags

There are different tags for cattle and buffalo, and sheep and goats. To work out which tags you need to order, get the guide to ordering NLIS devices.

Ordering NLIS devices DOCX (48.1 KB)
Ordering NLIS devices PDF (174.3 KB)

Livestock owners are responsible for buying devices from commercial suppliers. Use the order forms below to order the appropriate devices from your preferred supplier.

Order form - permanent NLIS devices or FID for cattle/buffalo DOCX (70.5 KB)
Order form - permanent NLIS devices or FID for cattle/buffalo  PDF (132.4 KB)

Order form - NLIS devices for sheep and goats DOCX (70.2 KB)
Order form - NLIS devices for sheep and goats PDF (130.8 KB)

Order form - transaction tags for buffalo DOCX (71.7 KB)
Order form - transaction tags for buffalo PDF (158.0 KB)

When stock can be moved without an NLIS tag

You can apply to the registrar to move untagged stock in the following circumstances:

  • natural disasters, including cyclone, flood or fire - when livestock have been forced to move from their original property and need to be moved back home or to another property to avoid stock losses
  • to return stray cattle from a neighbouring property
  • when a small number of feral cattle have been missed in a tagging operation - the receiving property must tag the animals when they arrive with a post-breeder tag rather than a property of origin tag.

Permission will not be granted in the following circumstances:

  • not enough time to organise devices or tags
  • lack of equipment or staff
  • poor infrastructure
  • not enough time allowed for tagging.

Apply for permission

To apply for permission to move stock without NLIS tags, fill in the application to move livestock form.

 Application to move livestock without a permanent identification device or transaction tags DOCX (51.8 KB)
 Application to move livestock without a permanent identification device or transaction tags PDF (54.0 KB) 

Send it to the registrar by fax on (08) 8999 2024 or email to sharon.kearney@nt.gov.au. Contact details are also on the form.

In an emergency, contact the registrar on (08) 8999 2031 or 0401 112 031.

Information for NT livestock owners

Although the NLIS is a national system, the following set of guides about how the system operates in the NT has been developed for local producers. 

TopicWord versionPDF version

Sending and receiving cattle

Getting started with NLIS   DOCX (60.1 KB)Getting started with NLIS PDF (57.7 KB)

Devices and tags which have been approved for use on livestock in the NT

Approved identification devices for livestock in the NT DOCX (41.0 KB)

Approved identification devices for livestock in the NT PDF (58.9 KB)

Correct place to put a tag in the off-side - RHS- ear

Correct NLIS device application DOCX (71.0 KB)

Correct NLIS device application PDF (70.8 KB) 

How to open an NLIS account

Opening an account with the NLIS database DOCX (113.6 KB)

Opening an account with the NLIS database PDF (93.4 KB)

What to do when agistment cattle leave a property

NLIS devices for agistment cattle DOCX (89.4 KB)

NLIS devices for agistment cattle PDF (56.4 KB)

Information for smallholders with cattle

NLIS for cattle producers with small holdings DOCX (140.5 KB)

NLIS for cattle producers with small holdings PDF (135.9 KB)

How to manage the NLIS for cattle unloaded at a trucking or dip yard for any period of time and for any purpose NLIS for trucking yards and dip yards DOCX (69.7 KB)NLIS for trucking yards and dip yards PDF (61.7 KB)
NLIS for live export cattleNLIS live export cattle DOCX (63.3 KB) NLIS live export cattle PDF (64.6 KB) 

Requirements for NT abattoirs 

NLIS for NT abattoirs DOCX (60.7 KB) NLIS for NT abattoirs PDF (61.3 KB) 
NLIS responsibilities for the owner of a showground or rodeo groundNLIS for shows, rodeos, sporting events DOCX (72.8 KB)NLIS for shows, rodeos, sporting events PDF (55.5 KB)
How the NLIS applies to NT buffalo industryNLIS for buffalo in the NT DOCX (67.2 KB)NLIS for buffalo in the NT PDF (63.0 KB)

NLIS contacts

For assistance with the NLIS database contact the database helpdesk on:

Phone: 1800 654 743
support@nlis.com.au
Fax: (02) 9463 9136
www.nlis.com.au

For NLIS contacts in other states get the interstate contact information fact sheet.

NLIS interstate contact information DOCX (63.8 KB)
NLIS interstate contact information PDF (56.0 KB)

NT contacts

For help with NLIS issues in the NT contact the principal livestock regulatory officer and registrar or the livestock officer at Animal Biosecurity in your region.

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Last updated: 01 February 2019

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