Throughout the NAIT review, the committees examined the drivers and benefits for NAIT users, and disincentives for the programme’s use. The committees considered whether greater simplicity would increase compliance with NAIT while still ensuring the scheme met its traceability aims.

The following topics were discussed and considered.

Animal location

  • The assignment of NAIT number to locations.
  • The use of LINZ to validate premises registration as a source of boundary and ownership information.
  • The 10km radius rule for contiguous and non-contiguous properties and the need for assignment of individual NAIT number.
  • Providing firmer regulation for location registration processes.
  • Methods to ensure all locations are registered and the potential to expand on this requirement for broader biosecurity purposes.
  • Improvements in the data alignment relationship with FarmsOnLine and LINZ.

Animal registration and declaration

  • Improvements to animal registration processes and barriers to current process.
  • Declaring other species for biosecurity management purposes.

Animal movement recording and movement data

  • The potential for efficiency in the sending movement by using movement declaration and alignment of ASD/eASD with NAIT for this purpose.
  • Prohibiting PICAs from physically sending NAIT animals to unregistered locations.

Animal identification devices

  • Ensuring NAIT tags are assigned to NAIT premises by NAIT number.
  • Facilitation of tag distribution and related mechanisms.
  • Tag replacement and tag retention solutions and processes.
  • Best practice tag application and related education and guidance.
  • Ensuring tag suppliers/manufacturers only sell to registered PICAs with NAIT locations.
  • Providing best practice information on scanning and tagging procedures.
  • Ensuring the information collected at tag purchase supports tagging practice improvements.
  • Developing reporting mechanisms for tagging retention issues.
  • Reporting on tag loss and measuring device performance.
  • Revising the device accreditation standard.
  • Developing standardised visual coding arrangements for devices.

NAIT programme roles and responsibilities

  • Revision of the accreditation standard and information provider standard.
  • Amending the identification system standard.
  • Ensuring information providers and accredited entities fulfil their obligations and consideration of required sanctions.
  • Reviewing performance of various user groups that are accredited.
  • Definition of PICA vs accredited entities.
  • Enablement of two-way information exchange for information providers to respond to errors on behalf of PICAs.

The NAIT system and applications

  • Development of lightweight web and mobile applications.
  • Adding animal attributes to the system for surveillance and monitoring (animal status and health).


  • Consideration of the current exemptions – fit for purpose and mitigation of biosecurity risk.
  • Consideration of the ITT mechanism and requirement to notify 48 hours prior to consignment.
  • Consideration of mechanisms to advance notify of ITT and to verify the tag status of the animal at the processor.


  • The need for enhancing compliance and clarity of roles and responsibilities.
  • The need to review infringements.
  • The roles and responsibilities of NAIT Ltd and government.

Access to NAIT data

  • Defining crown agency and provisions for data access by applicants under Section 40.
  • Cost recovery for data access.
  • Enabling data access to support stock theft.
  • Removal of statutory barriers to enable purchasers to access other PICA’s data on animal history.