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Annual land and stock returns

Thanks for helping us protect our primary industries from pests and diseases. The information you provide also helps keep your markets open and focuses our support during emergencies.

We ask you to lodge your Annual Land and Stock Return this year, even though drought conditions persist across the state. Your 2019 rates notice was covered under the NSW Government’s drought relief package, but it is important you still lodge your return.

Your Annual Land and Stock Return information, even as a nil return, helps build a statewide picture of land use in NSW. This information is invaluable in the event of an emergency or a biosecurity event such as a pest or disease outbreak.

It allows us to respond quickly and accurately to help you get back to business!

If you pay Local Land Services rates or have a property identification code (PIC), you need to lodge a return by 31 August 2019.

Submit your annual land and stock return online.

Your return information is more important than you think

It helps us respond to emergencies

Your return information helps us build a statewide picture about agricultural land use and livestock numbers.

This information, combined with the stock identification and traceability systems we support, are invaluable during emergencies and potential disease outbreaks.

We can respond more quickly and help you get back to business faster.

It helps keep our markets open

Australian primary industries are free of many exotic pests and diseases found in other parts of the world, so let's keep it that way!

Our 'clean and green' reputation is important for maintaining market access and keeping you in business.

We all want to maintain this enviable reputation so we work with you to monitor herds and flocks, and connect you with up-to-date advice and information.

Effective animal biosecurity and welfare protects and maintains market access for livestock producers.

How to lodge your return

You can lodge your return online

The simplest and quickest way to lodge your return is usually online.

The online form asks the same questions as the paper form and takes only a few minutes to complete:

  • look up your holding reference number and unique online password on the top right corner of the form we mailed to you
  • log into the online portal and put in your information.

Mailing back

Alternatively, you can post your completed annual land and stock return to:

Local Land Services
Locked Bag 6013
Orange NSW 2800

Sending in your return information

The due date for the annual land and stock return each year is 31 August.

It is important for you to complete an annual land and stock return even if you don’t have stock. If you don’t lodge an annual land and stock return by 31 August 2019, an animal health rate and meat industry levy is automatically applied to your 2020 rates notice which will then have to be paid out of vital NSW Emergency Drought Relief funds.

It is also a legal requirement under the Local Land Services Act 2013 that landholders lodge an annual land and stock return.

Which stock to count and when

All stock six months or older on your property as of June 30 should be counted, regardless of whether they:

  • belong to you
  • they are kept as pets
  • are agisted from somewhere else, or
  • are on the property under another arrangement.

Pigs of any age should be counted, as well as flocks of 100 or more poultry.

How to change your details

To change your details, simply contact your nearest Local Land Services office or download the change of details form and return it to your nearest office.