Moving cattle into Victoria

All cattle entering Victoria must:

It is the responsibility of the owner or manager of the receiving property to record the cattle movement on the NLIS database.

All cattle carcasses, including bobby calves, entering Victoria in transit to a knackery must be NLIS tagged. You don't need an NVD for cattle carcasses.

Health requirements for imported cattle

All livestock brought into Victoria must be free of notifiable diseases.

Diseased livestock can only enter Victoria under a licence, usually only direct for slaughter at an abattoir. In some situations, we might issue a licence to introduce the animals to another Victorian property.

These licences are issued by the Manager Animal Standards at Agriculture Victoria.

Importing cattle from QLD, WA and NT

Cattle introduced into Victoria from Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory must complete the form Introduction of cattle into Victoria from Queensland, Western Australia or the Northern Territory (WORD - 114.5 KB)

Bovine Johne's disease (paratuberculosis)

From 1 July 2019, cattle infected with Johne's disease (paratuberculosis) can be introduced into Victoria without an approved licence as long as they're:

  • correctly NLIS identified
  • accompanied by a completed NVD

This is made possible by a blanket licence to introduce cattle infected with bovine Johne's disease into Victoria (PDF - 109.3 KB) . The blanket licence is valid from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2022.

Page last updated: 05 Aug 2021