Property Identification Codes
Traceability systems provide confidence to consumers in domestic and overseas markets that the products they buy are of good quality. The purpose of property identification is for tracing and controlling disease and residue problems that may be detected, and for locating properties, and contacting owners and industry representatives. Property Identification Codes (PICs) are also used for emergency relief and recovery activities within an impacted zone.
A PIC is the eight character alphanumeric code allocated by the department or the equivalent authority in other states and territories to a property used for agricultural purposes.
Victorian PICs 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.
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, camels
- more than 50 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 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.
What are the requirements to include the PIC in online and print media livestock sales?
Most livestock sales in Victoria involve livestock agents, auctioneers, saleyards, abattoirs and knackeries. Within these sectors of industry, and amongst commercial livestock producers, the importance of traceability is understood with strong regulatory compliance.
An increasing number of livestock are sold outside of these usual channels, particularly online and in the print media. The department is concerned that a proportion of these sales do not comply with traceability legislation and consequently pose a risk to the broader livestock industries.
Victorian owners of livestock, who are required to have a PIC, selling livestock species online or in print media are now required to include the PIC of the property at which the livestock are kept in any advertisement for the sale (including giving away or bartering) of those livestock. It will be an offence for the vendor to fail to include the PIC in the advertisement, or for the media organisation who publishes the advertisement if it does not contain that PIC. An alternative is to include the name and contact details of the livestock agent in the advertisement.
How does the requirement to include a PIC in advertisements apply to poultry sales?
If you own 50 or fewer poultry, you do not need to include your PIC in the advertisement.
If you own more than 50 poultry, you are required to apply for a PIC (if you don’t already have one) and to include your PIC in any advertisement.
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.
- Application for a Livestock Property Identification Code (PIC) (PDF - 932.9 KB)
- Application for a Livestock Property Identification Code (PIC) (WORD - 164.9 KB)
- Application for a Plant Property Identification Code (PIC) (PDF - 384.3 KB)
- Application for a Plant Property Identification Code (PIC) (WORD - 91.2 KB)