PIC Numbers are compulsary for all Alpaca owners
A PIC number is a Property Identification code used throughout Australia 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 Property Identification Code (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, for example, 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?
You must have a PIC for the properties on which you graze or keep the following livestock:
- more than 50 poultry (domesticated fowl, chickens, ducks, geese, turkey, guinea fowl, pigeons, quail or pheasants)
- more than 10 emus or ostriches.
All livestock businesses must have a PIC:
- cattle scales
- stock agents
Requirements to include the PIC in online and print advertisements for livestock
When livestock are offered for sale, given away or bartered via online or print media, the PIC of the property at which the livestock are kept must be included in the advertisement. This includes all Victorians who own or keep livestock that are required to have a PIC.
Under the Livestock Disease Control Regulations 2017, it is an offence for:
- the vendor to fail to include the PIC in an advertisement
- the media organisation to publish an advertisement if it does not contain the PIC.
A PIC is not required if the sale is through a livestock agent and the agent’s name and contact details have been included in the advertisement.
There are traceability systems in place to ensure that the movements of sold livestock are recorded and their origins can be determined. This is important in the event of a disease outbreak or chemical or other contamination issue.
There are lower levels of compliance with traceability requirements in some situations, including private sales between individual properties. Sales are increasingly occurring which do not involve traditional avenues, such as online sales through new trading platforms and social media.
The requirement to include PICs in advertisements assists Agriculture Victoria in tracing the origins of livestock, and raises awareness of the requirement to have a PIC and the importance of traceability.
For more information about PIC’s visit the Departments of Agriculture information page by clicking the link below