Pounds NLIS requirements

Pound staff and operators are required to ensure that livestock are correctly identified, scanned and transferred on the NLIS database.

Specific requirements are listed below.

1. Obtain a Property Identification Code (PIC)

  • ensure a PIC is registered to the property at which the pound is located
  • ensure the PIC details are up to date.

Apply for, amend or cancel a PIC

Apply for a new property identification code (PIC) or amend or cancel an existing PIC online or by calling the Agriculture Victoria NLIS Helpline 1800 678 779

Apply, amend or cancel online

2. Obtain an NLIS account

  • a ‘pound’ NLIS account is required to enable a transfer onto the pound PIC or a ‘sighted’ transfer to be performed

An NLIS account can be obtained online or by calling the NLIS Database Helpdesk 1800 654 743.

Access the NLIS

Register or log in to Australia's national livestock identification system (NLIS) online or call the NLIS Database Helpdesk on 1800 654 743

NLIS online

3. Ensure that all livestock present are tagged

Cattle, sheep or goats
If an animal is untagged, is incorrectly tagged or has a non-reading device, an orange cattle or pink sheep and goat post-breeder tag bearing the PIC of the pound must be affixed to the animal’s ear before they leave the pound.

If a pig does not have a tag or a tattoo please contact the Agriculture Victoria NLIS Helpline.

NLIS tags for cattle, sheep, goats and pigs

Order post-breeder tags online or call the Agriculture Victoria NLIS Helpline 1800 678 779

Order online

4. Scan or visually record livestock tags

All cattle, sheep and goats present at a pound must have their NLIS tags scanned or visually recorded.

Silver NLIS cattle ear tagGreen sheep ear tag

5. Complete an NLIS transfer onto the pound PIC or a ‘sighted transfer’ on the NLIS database

The sighted transfer is a simplified transfer that can be completed when livestock are kept at a pound for less than seven days and are returned to their original property. Any animals that are kept for longer than seven days or do not return to their original property from the pound must be transferred onto the pound PIC.

  1. Log onto the NLIS database
  2. Choose what livestock species you want to work with.
  3. Notify the database of – Livestock moved onto my property (full NLIS transfer onto the pound PIC)
  4. Notify the database of – Sighted livestock (simplified transfer)

6. Completing a full NLIS transfer or a sighted transfer

To complete a full or sighted transfer you will need to upload the following data:

  • Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) internal number, or visually read external NLIS tag number for each animal
  • PIC of the property the animals arrived from (for a full NLIS transfer) or the PIC of the pound (for a sighted transfer)
  • date the animals arrived at the pound.

The NLIS transfer onto the pound PIC or the sighted transfer must be completed within two days of the animal’s arrival at the pound, or before they leave the pound, whichever is sooner.

Completing a full or 'sighted' transfer

Find out more about completing a full or sighted transfer from the NLIS Database Sight Livestock Tech Tip online or by contacting the NLIS Database Helpdesk on 1800 654 743

Log in to read tech tip

7. Report the movement of pigs on the PigPass database

All pigs present at a pound must have their movement reported on the PigPass database

Information about PigPass can be found online at pigpass.australianpork.com.au under the FAQ tab or by calling the PigPass helpdesk on 1800 001 458

Page last updated: 20 Apr 2022