Biosecurity (Livestock Traceability) Regulations

​​​​In Tasmania, livestock traceability is currently regulated under the Animal (Brands and Movement) Act 1984 and the General Biosecurity Direction (Livestock Traceability) 03/22. 

New Biosecurity (Livestock Traceability) Regulations are being developed as subordinate legislation to the Biosecurity Act 2019

The draft Regulations include the following key areas:

  • Property Identification Codes (PICs)

  • Identification of livestock

  • Requirements for livestock owners and supply chain participants

  • Tasmanian and national livestock registers

The new Regulations provide a framework that enable some obligations to be met via subordinate documents. Detailed requirements on how to identify cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs will be outlined in a set of animal identification standards which will be published on the NRE Tas website. The standards are given a head of power via clause 15 of the new Regulations.

Once enacted, the Biosecurity (Livestock Traceability) Regulations will replace the Animal (Brands and Movement) Act 1984 and the General Biosecurity Direction (Livestock Traceability) 03/22. ​

Feedback requested

​Biosecurity Tasmania is seeking feedback from stakeholders on the new regulations. A final draft of the Regulations will be developed following this consultation process. The draft Regulations, animal identification standards, and accompanying information guide can be found here:

 Consultation Draft Biosecurity (Livestock Traceability) Regulations 2023 (PDF 1Mb)​

 Information Guide for the Biosecurity (Livestock Traceability) Regulations 2023 (PDF 400Kb)​

 Identification of Pigs (PDF 177Kb)

 Identification of Sheep (PDF 848Kb)

 Identification of Goats (PDF 158Kb)

 Identification of Cattle (PDF 866Kb)

Key Dates

  • Public consultation ​period starts at 5pm on Wednesday 26 June 2024, AEST
  • Public consultation ​period closes 5pm on Wednesday 7 August 2024, AEST

How to make a submission

Submissions can be made using the online ​f​orm​​. Alternatively, you can provide a written submission. ​

Written submissions can be emailed to product.​​ or posted to:

Primary Produce Traceability
Biosecurity Tasmania
13 St Johns Avenue 
New Town Tas 7008​

For more information on the draft Regulations, animal identification standards, and the public consultation process please contact Biosecurity Tasmania’s Primary Produce Traceability team by email at or by telephone on 1300 368 550.

Important information to note

  • Your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published unless you request otherwise. 

  • In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), the submission will be treated as public. 

  • ​If you would like your submission treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please indicate this in writing at the time of making your submission clearly identifying the parts of your submission you want to remain confidential and the reasons why. In this case, your submission will not be published to the extent of that request.

  • Copyright in submissions remains with the author(s), not with the Tasmanian Government. 

  • Submissions containing defamatory or offensive material, in whole or in part, will not be published.

  • If your submission includes information that could enable the identification of other individuals then either all or parts of the submission will not be published.​

The Right to Information Act 2009 and confidentiality

  • Information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI). 

  • ​If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons may be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure. You may also be contacted to provide any further comment.