Property Identification Codes (PICs): Horses
As of July 1, 2010, Victorian property owners who have horses residing on their land must obtain a Property Identification Code (PIC).
What is a PIC?
A property identification code (PIC) is an eight character code allocated by the Department which identifies a specific property where livestock, including horses, may reside.
Victorian PICs begin with the numeral 3, followed by 4 letters and 3 more numerals, e.g., 3ABCD123. The first 2 letters identify the shire the property is located in.
Who should have a PIC?
By law, owners of cattle, pigs, sheep, goat, alpacas, llamas and deer are required to have a PIC for the properties on which their animals reside. Owners of more than 100 poultry are also required to obtain a PIC for their property.
As from 1st July, 2010, property owners in Victoria who have horses residing on their land must also obtain a PIC.
Property Identification Codes – Why?
Property identification is required in order to trace animals for disease control purposes. In the event of an emergency horse disease being detected, it is critical to identify properties in the surrounding area with horses.
This enables the disease to be isolated and managed rapidly, as well as providing a means of contacting horse owners to keep them well informed about the situation.
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.
You will need to supply on your application your name, address and other contact details, and also the council property number or rates assessment number of the property at which the horse is to be kept (found on the rates assessment notice from the local council).
You must indicate on the form both that the property is used for horses, by ticking under "Horses" in the "Livestock Type" box, and entering the number of horses on the property. In the case of properties where horses are kept occasionally (e.g. showgrounds or pony clubs), simply indicate on the form (by a tick) that horses are kept there from time to time, but enter "0" (zero) for the number at present.
Applicants will subsequently receive a credit-card style card which details their PIC through the mail, sent out each month.
What does an application cost?
There is no cost to apply for or receive a PIC.
What about agistment properties?
Owners of agistment properties should obtain a PIC. Owners of horses that reside on the agistment property do not need to apply for a PIC. However, they should ensure with the owner of the property that the property does have one.