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.


  • Identification of livestock is required by law under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management (Identification and Movement of Stock and Apiaries) Regulations 2013 [BAM (IMSA) Regulations].

  • Johne’s disease (JD) is an incurable infectious disease of ruminants including cattle, sheep, goats, alpaca and deer. It causes chronic diarrhoea and wasting, which eventually leads to death.

  • 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.

  • Western Australia has a relatively disease-free status compared with the rest of the world.

  • When importing livestock into Western Australia, various inspection fees and laboratory testing costs may apply. Charges exist to maintain the quarantine inspection facilities at Kalgoorlie and Kun

  • The Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 requires that certain diseases must be reported to the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) if they are kno