Lodge my annual return of land and stock

Technical difficulties with online portal

The Annual Land and Stock Return portal is up and running, but some landholders are experiencing issues with the security code not showing when trying to lodge their return through Internet Explorer.

Unfortunately, the customer portal no longer supports Internet Explorer as this browser is being phased out and replaced by Microsoft Edge. To lodge your return online, you will need to launch the customer portal through Microsoft Edge if you have it, or Google Chrome or Firefox.

If you are experiencing issues with the CAPTCHA code not displaying when trying to launch the portal through Internet Explorer, you will need to close this browser and re open through one of the browser listed above.

We understand Internet Explorer may be the default browser for many of you and apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

If you do not have Google Chrome installed, please follow our Downloading Google Chrome guide to download this browser on your computer.

Each year, NSW landholders who are liable to pay rates or have a Property Identification Code (PIC) are required to submit an Annual Land and Stock Return to Local Land Services. Annual returns are essentially a 'farm census' and provide us with important information on land use and livestock numbers across the state.

The information you provide is invaluable and allows us to:

  • quickly and accurately respond to emergency or biosecurity events
  • protect our ‘clean and green’ reputation against pests and diseases
  • build a statewide picture of agricultural land use and livestock numbers
  • monitor flocks and herds for emergency animal diseases
  • help keep domestic and international markets open.

Even if you have no stock, it is important to lodge your annual return. Information related to cropping and horticulture enterprises is invaluable in a biosecurity event such as a pest or disease outbreak. Lodging your annual return is also a legal requirement.

Annual returns are to be lodged no later than 31 August each year.

Which stock do I count?

We require all landholdings that carry livestock six months or older to record numbers at 30 June and let us know, regardless of whether they:

  • belong to the occupier
  • are agisted on your land
  • are kept as pets
  • are on the property under another arrangement.

Please note that pigs of any age must be counted, as well as flocks of 100 or more poultry.

Lodging my return online

This year we are encouraging landholders to lodge their return online to help reduce contact with staff in the office and mail services, keeping everyone safe from COVID-19.

Lodging online through the dedicated Annual Land and Stock Return portal is quick and easy and can be done in three simple steps.

Lodging online helps

  • Reduce contact with paper forms.
  • Saves on postage or a trip to the office.
  • Builds your digital confidence.
  • Ensures your form is received by the 31 August deadline.

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

Here’s how you do it

  • Look up your holding reference number and unique online password on the top right corner of the form Local Land Services mailed to you.
  • Visit the online portal.
  • Login and fill in your land and stock details as at 30 June.

If you are having troubles lodging your return, please read our simple how-to guide or contact your local office.

Please note that forms that have the wording Reprint on the top of them cannot be lodged online, but must be posted to the address below.

Lodging my return by mail

Completed returns can be mailed to:

Local Land Services
Locked Bag 6013
Orange NSW 2800

How to change your details

If there are incorrect details on your annual return and you are submitting manually, please do not mark changes on the form as they are scanned electronically and changes won’t be updated.

You can use our dedicated online enquiry form to update your details or you can download the change of details form and return it to your local office.


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