Plant Property Identification Codes
Property Identification Codes (PICs) are being progressively introduced to Victorian plant industries to minimise the impact of a pest or disease outbreak on horticultural production and market access.
What is a PIC?
A PIC is the eight character alphanumeric code allocated by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) 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 plant PIC?
Some plant crops are prescribed under Plant Biosecurity Regulations. Producers who grow a specified amount or more of these prescribed crops are legally required to have a plant PIC.
Prescribed plant crops and the specified amounts are determined through consultation with industry.
Home gardeners are not required to apply for a PIC.
Current prescribed crops
If you grow:
- 0.5 hectares or more of grapevines or
- 20 or more chestnut trees
within Victoria, you are required by law (Plant Biosecurity Act 2010) to have a plant PIC.
Producers who also have livestock are likely to already have a PIC. If so, you are required to inform DEDJTR if 0.5 hectares or more of grapevines or 20 or more chestnut trees are grown on the property. In this case, your current PIC will not change, but will be updated to include this data.
Why should I have a plant PIC?
Plant PICs enable DEDJTR to quickly alert producers of a plant pest or disease outbreak that may impact their business. This assists DEDJTR, producers and industry to respond to plant pest and disease outbreaks more effectively and minimise disruptions to trade.
DEDJTR will also provide advice on how to monitor your property for an outbreak, how to minimise its spread if detected, and any market access requirements affecting your business.
How can I apply for a PIC?
There is no cost to apply for or update a PIC.
To apply for a PIC you have three options:
- Apply online.
- 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.
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.
What happens if my contact details change?
If your contact details change you must notify DEDJTR within 30 days of the change(s), by completing and submitting an application form as described above.
For more information on applying for a plant PIC, please phone the PIC Helpline on 1800 678 779 between 9 am and 4.30 pm Monday - Friday.
Information regarding PICs for the animal industries is available on the Livestock PICs page.