Selling and transport regulations for cattle in northern Australia

To protect the Australian beef industry certain regulatory requirements need to be met when transporting and selling cattle. These safeguards enable livestock movements to be traced in the event of disease outbreaks, chemical residues and incursions of exotic diseases.

There are five main requirements for cattle movement or sale within and between states and territories regarding:

  • Livestock brands, earmarks and property identification codes
  • Waybills and National Vendor Declaration Waybills
  • National Livestock Identification System
  • Movement requirements into a particular state or territory
  • Movement requirements relating to cattle ticks and cattle tick zones.

These requirements vary between states and territories so it is important to check the specific requirements of your State or Territory or the State or Territory your cattle are going to. On this page are links to the key transport and sale requirements for cattle in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland.

The European Union and other cattle export countries also have specific cattle movement, sale and market requirements. More information about these specifications are available from the European Union Accreditation Scheme (EUCAS) and Australian livestock export standards.

Western Australia

Northern Territory