General Biosecurity Direction - Livestock Traceability

​​​​​The emergence of foot-and-mouth disease and lumpy skin disease in Indonesia has increased the risk of an incursion of these diseases into Australia. To minimise the damage from a potential incursion, it is essential that animals can be quickly traced, and their movements identified to enable control of any incident to occur as quickly as possible.

The Chief Veterinary Officer has determined that the current risk posed to Tasmania from foot-and-mouth disease and lumpy skin disease requires the issue of a General Biosecurity Direction requiring the owners of sheep and goats to notify the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) database and in the case of pigs, Pig Pass, of the movements of their animals.

NOTE: it is an offence under section 200 of the Biosecurity Act 2019 to not comply with a Biosecurity Direction that is in force. ​

A copy of the Biosecurity Direction (Livestock Traceability) is available for download below:

 General Biosecurity Direction - Livestock Traceability (PDF 409Kb)


​The following factsheets will assist you in meeting the requirements of the General Biosecurity Direction - Livestock Traceability:

 GBD Factsheet Abattoirs (PDF 220Kb)

 GBD Factsheet Agents (PDF 234Kb)

 GBD Factsheet Livestock Depots (PDF 213Kb)

 GBD Factsheet Livestock Owners (PDF 235Kb)

 GBD Factsheet Livestock Supply Operations (PDF 213Kb)

 GBD Factsheet Saleyard (PDF 227Kb)

 GBD Factsheet Showground and Livestock Events (PDF 221Kb)​

Further information

​To Register for National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) database:

To Register for pig pass:​


NLIS Forms and Requests
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 1300 368 550

Registrar of Animal Brands
Biosecurity Tasmania
Product Integrity and Food Safety
New Town Research Laboratories
13 St Johns Avenue - New Town - Tasmania 7008
GPO Box 44
New Town TAS 7008
Phone: 03 6165 3777