Vet practice NLIS requirements

If your vet practice holds animals such as cattle, sheep, goats and pigs there are livestock traceability requirements that must be adhered to. This is important for disease and emergency purposes.

Veterinary practices accepting cattle, sheep and/or goats onto their premises are required to ensure that livestock are correctly identified, scanned and ‘sighted’ on the NLIS database.

Specific requirements for veterinary practices that hold large animals are listed below.

1. Obtain a Property Identification Code (PIC)

  • ensure a PIC is registered to the property at which animals are held
  • 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 on 1800 678 779

Apply, amend or cancel online

2. Obtain an NLIS account

  • a ‘veterinary’ NLIS account is required to enable a ‘sighted’ function to be performed

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 with a tag or tattoo as appropriate

  • all cattle, sheep and goats are required to be tagged with an electronic NLIS tag before being dispatched off a property
  • all pigs are required to be tagged or tattooed before being dispatched off a property.

Sheep and goats dispatched to a vet clinic from interstate must be identified in accordance with the legal requirements of the jurisdiction from which they were dispatched.

NLIS tags for sheep, goat and cattle

Order NLIS sheep, goat and cattle tags online or by calling the Agriculture Victoria NLIS Helpline on 1800 678 779

Order tags online

4. Scan or visually record livestock tags

  • all cattle, sheep and goats present at a veterinary practice must have their NLIS tags scanned or visually recorded

Silver NLIS cattle ear tagGreen sheep ear tag

5. Complete a ‘sighted movement’ on the NLIS database

To complete a 'sighted movement' 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
  • date the cattle, sheep or goat arrived at the veterinary practice
  • PIC of the property of the veterinary practice

The sighted movement must be completed within two days of arrival of the livestock.

Completing a ‘sighted movement’

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

Log in to read tech tip

6. 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 under the FAQ tab or by calling the PigPass helpdesk on 1800 001 458

Page last updated: 21 Dec 2023