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.

Diseased livestock forms

Application and licence to introduce diseased livestock into Victoria to an approved property

Application and licence to introduce diseased livestock into Victoria for immediate slaughter

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 - 86.9 KB) . The blanket licence is valid from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2025.



Livestock Disease Control Act 1994

Section 10

In accordance with the provisions of Section 10(4) of the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994 (the Act), and clause 7(a) of the Order declaring a control area for bovine Johne’s disease and declaring prohibitions on entry of susceptible livestock into Victoria made under the Act and published in Government Gazette No. G51 on 16 December 2004 at pages 3415 – 2417, a person may bring into or cause or permit or allow to be brought into Victoria any diseased cattle infected with paratuberculosis (Johne’s disease).

PERIOD OF LICENCE: 1 July 2022 – 30 June 2025.


  1. The cattle must be identified in accordance with the National Livestock Identification System (Cattle).
  2. The cattle must be accompanied by a completed National Vendor Declaration.

Dr David Champness

Principal Veterinary Officer

Page last updated: 18 Mar 2022