NLIS database overview

The NLIS database is industry-managed and stores a huge amount of information relating to cattle, sheep, goat and pig movements. All supply chain participants benefit from data available from the database.

As animals are bought, sold and moved along the supply chain, they must be tagged with an NLIS-accredited tag or device with the Property Identification Code (PIC) of birth.

Each movement they make to a location with a different PIC is recorded centrally on the NLIS database by users with NLIS accounts. Using this information, the NLIS can provide a life history of an animal's residency, including other livestock that it has mixed with during its lifetime.

NLIS database helpdesk

The NLIS Database Helpdesk is operated by the Integrity Systems Company.

Call 1800 654 743 between 9am and 5pm (AEST), Monday to Friday, or email

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Page last updated: 20 Apr 2022