Moving cattle interstate
All cattle entering Victoria require an approved National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) device and to be accompanied by a completed National Vendor Declaration (NVD). It is the responsibility of the receiving property owner to notify the NLIS database of the introduction.
For more information about NLIS go to the Meat and Livestock Australia website.
All cattle carcasses, including bobby calves, entering Victoria in transit to a knackery must be NLIS tagged but no NVD is required.
All cattle must be free of Notifiable diseases.
Diseased cattle may only be brought into Victoria under licence, usually only direct for slaughter at an abattoir. In some limited circumstances a licence to introduce the animals to another Victorian property may be granted. Licences are issued by the Chief Veterinary Officer's Unit, Agriculture Victoria, Attwood.
- Application and licence to introduce diseased livestock into Victoria for immediate slaughter (WORD - 113.8 KB)
- Application and licence to introduce diseased livestock into Victoria to an approved property (WORD - 113.7 KB)
Cattle being introduced into Victoria from Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory require completion of the following form:
- Introduction of cattle into Victoria from Queensland, Western Australia or the Northern Territory (WORD - 114.5 KB)
In addition to the above, see below for conditions related to specific diseases.
From 1 July 2019, cattle infected with Johne's disease (paratuberculosis) may be introduced into Victoria without a licence provided they are correctly NLIS identified and are accompanied by a completed National Vendor Declaration.
This is made possible by a licence to introduce diseased cattle into Victoria.