Livestock movement & identification

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia regulates livestock identification and movement within and into Western Australia (WA).

WA is free of many pests and diseases that are found elsewhere in Australia and throughout the world. Livestock movement and identification requirements help to keep WA free of these diseases, protecting our enviable disease-free status, as well as ensuring whole-of-life traceability for many livestock species. Whole-of-life traceability is important because it enables resolution of a disease outbreak or food safety incident as quickly as possible.

These movement and identification requirements underpin WA’s livestock industries and contribute to a profitable and sustainable agricultural sector.

There are strict requirements for bringing livestock into WA. For more information, go to Importing livestock into Western Australia.

There may also be requirements for moving livestock between certain disease control areas in the state. For more information, go to Moving livestock in Western Australia.

There are requirements for livestock identification (brands) and for movement documentation (waybills) for all stock within WA. For more information, go to Livestock ownership, identification and movement in Western Australia.


  • Liver fluke is a parasite of ruminants and is not present in Western Australia.

  • To enhance the traceability of sheep in Western Australia, the State Government supports a sheep National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) help desk.

  • All livestock entering Western Australia are legally required to comply with the state's conditions of entry. Some stock are required undergo post-entry treatments, testing or inspections.

  • Sheep in Western Australia are required to be identified with an earmark and a National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) approved tag with either the brand or property identification code (PI

  • Whenever livestock leave a property, movement documentation must be provided.

  • People in Western Australia who have and keep pigs are legally required to register as owners of livestock and have a current property identification code (PIC) with the Department of Agriculture a

  • Horse owners are required to be registered as owners of livestock and have a current property identification code (PIC) for the property/ies they keep their horses on.

  • Early recognition of disease is one of the most important factors influencing the control of disease and the reduction of its impact on industry and the community.

  • All livestock in Western Australia must be correctly identified according to species.

  • All cattle in Western Australia are required to be earmarked or branded by the age of six months in the south west and by 18 months in the north, or before leaving the property, whichever occurs fi

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