Property Identification Codes for pig owners
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, horses, deer and camels are required to have a PIC for the properties on which their animals reside. Owners of more than 50 poultry are also required to obtain a PIC for their property.
Property Identification Codes – why?
Property identification is required in order to trace animals for disease control purposes. In the event of an emergency pig disease being detected, it is critical to identify properties in the surrounding area with pigs.
This enables the disease to be isolated and managed rapidly, as well as providing a means of contacting pig 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 pig/s 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 pigs, by ticking under "Pigs" in the "Livestock Type" box, and entering the number of pigs on the property. Applicants will subsequently receive a credit-card style card in the mail which details their PIC.
What does an application cost?
There is no cost to apply for or receive a PIC.
Where can I find more information?
You can read more about the National Livestock Identification System or phone the PIC hotline on 1800 678 779.