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National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS)

The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) is Australia's system for identification and traceability of beef, sheep and goat meat.

It was introduced in 1999 to meet European Union requirements for meat export. Since then it has expanded to enable all cattle, sheep and goats to be traced from property of birth to slaughter for:

  • Product integrity
  • Meat safety 
  • Biosecurity 
  • Market access 

NLIS is underpinned by State and Territory legislation, which requires participation from all farmers moving animals off their farms to assist in the traceability of livestock.