Brand and identify livestock

Transfer, move, change or cancel a brand

If you want to make any change to the ownership, registered property or location of your brand, you will need to apply for, or register, the change with the registrar.

You must also notify the brands registrar if any of the following things happen:

  • the brand owner moves or the property is sold
  • the position of the branding changes
  • the brand is cancelled
  • the brand owner's name changes by marriage
  • the brand owner dies
  • the brand is transferred to a new owner
  • the owner's contact address changes.

All the processes and required forms are detailed below.

When a property is sold

Changing ownership of a property through sale or inheritance does not automatically transfer ownership of a brand that belongs to that property, even if the stock are included.

You must do one of the following three things if the property is sold:

  • transfer the brand to the new property owner - see instructions below
  • cancel the brand - see instructions below
  • move the brand to a new property - see instructions below.

Transfer brand to new owner

Transferring a three-letter brand automatically includes any associated distinctive (symbol) brands and earmarks, unless the brand's registered owner says otherwise.

When you must transfer a brand

Instances when you must apply to transfer ownership of a brand include the following:

  • you sell the property and you agree to transfer the brand to the new owners
  • the registered brand owner changes their name by marriage
  • the brand owner dies
  • the company that owns the registered brand is dissolved
  • a part owner is added or removed.

How to transfer a brand

Follow the steps below to transfer ownership of a brand.

Step 1. Before you start, check you have the correct details for the registered owner

You can do this online by searching the NT brands register.

You can also fill in the NT brands register search form. You must submit it to the registrar and pay the fee. Instructions are on the form.

NT brands register search form
NT brands register search form

Step 2. Fill in the application for transfer of brand

Application for transfer of brand
Application for transfer of brand

You will need to include all the following information:

  • the name and details of the new owner - if it is a company, you need their ABN or ACN
  • names and signatures of current brand owners
  • signatures of new brand owners - if a company, the directors must sign and state their position in the company - eg 'director'.

If a brand owner has died, the executor or administrator of their estate must sign the form, including their status as executor or administrator. You must attach a copy of the death certificate.

Step 3. The new brand owner must own the nominated property or have the permission from the property owner. If they are not the owner, they must also fill out and send to the registrar the owner's permission to use run form.

Owner's permission to use run form
Owner's permission to use run form

Step 4. If the brand is to be used on Aboriginal land, you will need further documentation. Get the brands for use on land on Aboriginal Land Trust land fact sheet.

Brands for use on Aboriginal Land Trust land
Brands for use on Aboriginal Land Trust land

Step 5. Pay the fee. Attach a cheque made out to the Receiver of Territory Monies or fill in the credit card charge details on the form
Step 6. Submit the form by mail or email to the registrar

Change a brand's nominated property

If you want to use your brand on a property which is not the one it is registered to, you must request to change the nominated property before you use the brand on the different property.

If you sell the property your brand is registered to and you want to keep the brand and move it to a new NT property you must request to change the nominated property.

In both cases, fill in the request to change the run form and send it to the registrar.

Request to change the run form
Request to change the run form

If you are moving the brand to a new property, you must also send in the original brand certificates to be amended.

If you are not the owner of the property you want to nominate for your brand, you must get the owner of the land to fill in the owner's permission to use run form and send it to the registrar.

Owner's permission to use run form
Owner's permission to use run form

Revoke permission to use a run

If you no longer need to register your brand to someone else's property - eg cattle are no longer being agisted there or permission is withdrawn for any other reason - the property owner must fill in the owner's permission to use run revoked form and send it to the registrar.

Owner's permission to use run revoked form
Owner's permission to use run revoked form

Change or add the position of a brand or earmark

If you want to change the position on the animal where the brand is applied, or add another one, fill in the request to change or add branding positions form and send it to the registrar.

Request to change or add branding positions form
Request to change or add branding positions form

If you want to change the position of your earmark, fill in the request to change earmark position form and send it the registrar.

Request to change earmark position form
Request to change earmark position form

You will also need to send in your earmark branding certificate for updating.

Replace a lost certificate

If you lose your brand registration certificate, you must apply for a new one.

Fill in the request for replacement certificate form and send it to the registrar.

Cancel a brand, symbol brand or earmark

If you no longer want to keep a brand, you can cancel it. Fill in the cancellation of brand form and send it to the registrar.

Cancellation of brand form
Cancellation of brand form

If you want to cancel just the distinctive (symbol) brand, fill in the application for cancellation of distinctive (symbol) brand only and send it to the registrar.

Application for cancellation of distinctive (symbol) brand only
Application for cancellation of distinctive (symbol) brand only

If you want to cancel just the registered earmark, fill in the application for cancellation of registered earmark only and send it to the registrar.

Application for cancellation of registered earmark only
Application for cancellation of registered earmark only

Update your brand or contact details

You must let the registrar know if your postal address changes, or the NT Brands Register does not have accurate details of your brand.

Fill in the update contact details form and send it to the registrar.

Update contact details form
Update contact details form

If the property listed in the NT Brands Directory is no longer the property you are using your brand on, then you must fill in a request to change the run form.

Request to change the run form
Request to change the run form

If the names of the registered owners of the brands have changed, then you must fill in an application for transfer of brand.

Application for transfer of brand
Application for transfer of brand

Where to send your forms

Send your completed forms by mail or email to:

Brands registrar
Department of Primary Industry and Resources 
GPO Box 3000
Darwin NT 0801
adele.kluth@nt.gov.au

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Last updated: 01 October 2018

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