Australia’s access to live export markets relies on our trading partners having confidence that the livestock they are importing are healthy, disease free and residue free.
Australia is able to provide this assurance on the basis that the livestock selected for export are traceable throughout their life.
All livestock owners or businesses trading in livestock have obligations under the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994 and Livestock Disease Control Regulations 2017 – see legislation.vic.gov.au.
This includes identification of livestock and notification of the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) database of movements of livestock, including those being exported overseas – see nlis.com.au.
Requirements for livestock exporters
Livestock exporters, including operators of a quarantine property/depot must meet a number of requirements to support their industry and to work within the legislated requirements.
- livestock identification
- NLIS database transfers
- movement declarations.
Specific requirements are further outlined in the following documents:
- Factsheet: NLIS requirements for livestock exporters (PDF - 227.9 KB)
- Factsheet: NLIS requirements for livestock exporters (WORD - 167.1 KB)
- Factsheet: Transferring livestock on the NLIS database – Livestock exporters (PDF - 233.2 KB)
- Factsheet: Transferring livestock on the NLIS database – Livestock exporters (WORD - 178.5 KB)
- Livestock exporters’ manual for NLIS in Victoria (PDF - 1.1 MB)
- Livestock exporters’ manual for NLIS in Victoria (WORD - 2.6 MB)
- Setting up a live export NLIS database account (PDF - 387.8 KB)
- Setting up a live export NLIS database account (WORD - 3.9 MB)
List of Victorian Port PICs for NLIS transfers
Port of Portland – 3PTAR001
Tullamarine Airport – 3PTAL003
Avalon Airport – 3PTAW007
Port of Geelong – 3PTAC006
Port of Melbourne – 3PTAF005
Gippsland Ports – 3PTAT008
For more information on identification and traceability, see Livestock identification.