Moving and exporting livestock
Moving livestock into the NT
Strict border controls now apply in the Northern Territory. For more information go to the coronavirus (COVID-19 website).
If you want to bring interstate livestock into the Northern Territory (NT) you must follow specific procedures for all of the species of animals in the table below.
Movement conditions for Johne's disease changed on 1 July 2017. Read more about the National Johne's disease program.
Sheep are subject to disease controls and can only be brought into the NT with written permission from the chief inspector of livestock at livestock biosecurity. If approved, you must then follow the conditions in the permit.
You must get a wildlife permit from NT Parks and Wildlife for deer, llama, alpaca and crocodiles as well as following the other marked requirements.
Note: n/a in the table below stands for not applicable, meaning the marked requirement does not apply to that species.
|Type of animal||Health certificate and waybill||NT PIC||Brand||NLIS device||Johne’s disease clearance||Cattle tick clearance||Transport standards apply||Special permit or condition|
|Alpacas and llamas||✔||✔||n/a||n/a||✔||✔||✔||Wildlife import and keep permits|
|Horses, mules and donkeys||✔||✔||n/a||n/a||n/a||✔||✔|
|Queen bees and products||✔||✔||Must have health certificate confirming they do not have European foulbrood, American foulbrood and small hive beetle|
|Sheep||✔||✔||n/a||✔||✔||✔||✔||Written permission from chief veterinary officer|
You do not need a permit to move pigs, pigeons and poultry.
Health certificate and waybill for moving livestock into the NT
Some species of livestock entering the NT must have a health certificate. If entering from Western Australia, Queensland or New South Wales, the certificate must be endorsed by an inspector of livestock.
You must have a health certificate for cattle and buffalo, alpacas, camels, deer, llamas, goats, horses and sheep.
Health certificate and waybill forms
Use the following species-specific forms:
- cattle and buffalo
cattle and buffalo
- deer, camels, alpacas and llamas
deer, camels, alpacas and llamas
For instructions about how to fill in the form read the Agnote health certificates and waybills for cattle entering the NT .
Property identification code
Every NT property where livestock are kept must have a property identification code (PIC). Read more about PICs and how to get one.
For more information on the movement of livestock from interstate to NT, contact a livestock biosecurity officer or the principal livestock regulatory officer at livestock biosecurity on 08 8973 9703.
Read about the National Livestock Identification System and how to order devices or transaction tags.
Last updated: 19 May 2021
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