What is the NLIS?

What is the NLIS?

The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) is Australia’s system for the identification and traceability of cattle, sheep and goats. NLIS reflects Australia’s commitment to biosecurity and food safety and provides a competitive advantage in a global market.

All animals are identified with an accredited NLIS tag or device from their property (PIC) of birth. As animals are bought, sold and moved along the supply chain, each movement is recorded centrally on the NLIS database. Using this information, the NLIS is able to provide a life history of an animal’s movements.

The NLIS combines three elements to enable the lifetime tracebility of animals:

1. All livestock are identified by a visual or electronic eartag/device.

2. All physical locations are identified by means of a Property Identification Code (PIC)

3. All livestock location data and movements are recorded in a central database


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I create an account?
Account registration can be done online by visiting https://nlis.com.au/Account/Create

Once approved (usually within 7 working days) you will receive your NLIS user ID and password via email.


What is A Property Identification Code (PIC)?
A Property Identification Code (PIC) is an eight-character code allocated by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) or an equivalent authority in each state or territory to identify a livestock-producing property. Producers must have a PIC to move livestock on and off a property – it forms the basis of Australia’s food safety and traceability programs.


Do I need to notify the NLIS when I tag an animal?
No. You do not need to notify the NLIS when you tag an animal on your property.

Please note that the NLIS Database does not distinguish between tags that you have applied to your animals and tags that are still unused.

All devices are automatically registered to your PIC by the relevant tag manufacturer when they are issued.

You can view more frequently asked questions by visiting: https://nlis.com.au/Faq/

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