Property Identification Codes
A Property Identification Code (PIC) is the eight character alphanumeric code allocated by DEDJTR or the equivalent authority in other states and territories to a property used for agricultural purposes.
Victorian PIC's begin with the numeral 3, followed by four letters and three more numerals, e.g. 3ABCD123.
The first two letters identify the municipality of the property.
A single PIC can be allocated to a property consisting of more than one block of land, provided the blocks are part of the one enterprise and are within the same locality or in adjacent localities.
The purpose of property identification is partly for tracing and controlling disease and residue problems that may be detected after leaving the farm, but also for locating properties and owners that have livestock when an outbreak of a disease that may threaten their enterprise is detected in an area. Traceability systems provide confidence to consumers in domestic and overseas markets that the products they buy are of good quality.
Who should have a PIC?
Individuals must have a PIC for the properties on which they graze the following livestock:
- cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, alpaca, llamas, deer, horses
- more than 100 poultry (i.e. domesticated fowl, chickens, ducks, geese, turkey, guinea fowl, pigeons, quail or pheasants) or 10 emus or ostriches.
All livestock businesses (saleyards, cattle scales, abattoirs, knackeries and stock agents) must also have a livestock PIC.
Horse owners running horses on their own property and owners of properties where horses are agisted must also have a livestock PIC.
Individuals who grow the following prescribed horticultural crops within Victoria must have a plant PIC.
- 0.5 hectares or more of grapevines
- 20 or more chestnut trees
Further information on plant PICs.
What about agistment and lease properties?
PICs are allocated to a parcel of land that may consist of more than one block within the one locality, operating as part of one livestock enterprise. As long as the land on which the livestock are agisted and leased is in the same locality, ie in the same shire or in a neighbouring shire, then both blocks of land can be covered by the 'home' PIC.
For example Tom Jones owns 2 blocks of land separated by 10km. Both blocks are grazed by Tom's livestock and exist within the one shire. One 'home' PIC covers both blocks of land as Tom listed the 2 blocks on the PIC application.
Contact the NLIS hotline and follow 'how to apply for a PIC' to cover agistment or leased land within the same locality to the 'home' PIC.
How much does a PIC cost?
There is no cost to apply for, or receive a PIC.
How can I apply for a PIC?
To apply for a PIC you have three options:
- You can apply for a PIC online via our Online PIC service.
- You can also use the online service to update your existing PIC details if they have changed.
- Download one of the application forms shown below.
Contact the PIC Helpline on 1800 678 779 to have a form mailed or faxed to you.