Note Number: AG1365
Published: September 2008
Property Identification Codes (PICs)
For Horse Owners
Property owners who have horses residing on their land
are strongly encouraged to obtain a PIC. In the event of
a disease outbreak horses can then be located in a
particular area quickly and efficiently.
What is a PIC?
A property identification code or PIC is an eight character
code allocated by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI)
or equivalent authority in other states/territories to identify a
livestock producing property.
Victorian PICs begin with the numeral 3, followed by 4 letters
and 3 more numerals, e.g., 3ABCD123. The first 2 letters
identify the municipality of the property.
Who should have a PIC?
By law, cattle, pig, sheep and goat producers are required to
have a PIC for the properties on which they graze livestock.
In late 2006, regulations were introduced requiring owners of
alpacas, llamas, deer or more than 500 poultry to obtain a PIC.
Whilst it is strongly encouraged for people who have horses
residing on their property to obtain a PIC, it should be noted
that currently there are no legal requirements for horse owners
to obtain a PIC.
Property Identification Codes – Why?
The purpose of property identification is for tracing and
controlling disease and but also for locating properties and
notifying owners quickly.
In the event of disease being detected, it is absolutely crucial
to identify properties in the surrounding area where horses
reside. This will enable the disease to be isolated and
managed rapidly as well as a direct way of contacting horse
owners to keep them up to date of the situation.
How to apply for a PIC
Registration is free and simple. Upon registration owners are
issued with a PIC card.
The property owner obtains a PIC by completing an
application form, including the council property number found
on the rates notice, which identifies the land.
Application forms are avai