New requirements now in place
Key transition dates
Victoria is progressively implementing mandatory electronic identification for sheep and goats. View the phased implementation timeline below.
- All sheep and most goat breeds born in Victoria from 1 January 2017 must be identified with an electronic NLIS (Sheep) tag before being consigned to a saleyard, abattoir, agricultural show or to another property.
- Since 31 December 2017, Victorian abattoirs and knackeries have been scanning electronic NLIS (Sheep) tags and recording animals are deceased on the NLIS database.
- Since 31 March 2018, all electronically tagged sheep and goats have been scanned in saleyards with tag information, along with the Property Identification Codes (PICs) of the vendor and purchaser, uploaded to the NLIS database.
- Since 31 March 2018 property to property (P2P) movement recording has been required where electronically tagged sheep or goats born after 1 January 2017 move directly between properties.
- From 1 January 2019, all sheep and non-exempt goats introduced from interstate and born after 1 January 2019 must be tagged with an electronic NLIS (sheep) tag before being dispatched from a Victorian property.
- The visual tag and mob based system, and the electronic system, will operate concurrently until 2022 when Victoria will have completed the transition to the electronic system. From 1 January 2022, all sheep and non-exempt goats will need to be identified with an electronic NLIS (Sheep) tag before being moved off a Victorian property.
Download Timeline :
Read about the NLIS (Sheep and Goat) system by downloading the brochure below
For a print version:
download the NLIS (Sheep & Goat) DL flyer
Understanding property-to-property movements
Recording of property-to-property movements is an important part of lifetime traceability. Find out more about property-to-property movement recording by downloading the below flyer.
Understanding interstate movement recording
All sheep and non-exempt goats introduced from interstate and born after 1 January 2019 must be electronically tagged before being dispatched from a Victorian property.
Interstate producers need to continue to meet their individual state requirements for tagging and identification of sheep and goats.
However, if Victorian producers buy lambs and kids born interstate after 1 January 2019, they must apply an electronic pink post-breeder tag before the animals leave the Victorian property, unless they are already tagged with an electronic NLIS (Sheep) tag. Electronic pink post-breeder tags can be purchased at 2019 subsidised prices.
The electronic NLIS (Sheep and Goat) standards describe the operation of the new system.
Since the transition package was announced in November 2016, support has been available to industry to help implement the new system including:
- Producers benefitted from co-funded grants to purchase optional equipment and software.
- More than 20 million tags have been purchased.
- 22 saleyards and 24 processors have received infrastructure funding to support mandatory scanning of sheep and goats.
- Over 6100 participants attended 133 workshops on new requirements, held across Victoria.
What support continues to be available to industry?
Agriculture Victoria is continuing to provide ongoing education, extension and training activities.
Specific training or education will be provided upon request, either by Agriculture Victoria or through a third party. If you require more information or would like to discuss your training needs, please contact Agriculture Victoria by emailing EID.email@example.com or call 1800 678 779 during business hours.