Registration for Property Identification Code (PIC)

​Registration of Property Identification Code (PIC)​

Registration of properties conducting any primary industry enterprise, including hobby farming, is highly recommended and compulsory for livestock industries.

All properties that run livestock must be registered with the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment and have a Property Identification Code (PIC) allocated to buy, sell and move livestock and before ordering National Livestock Identification System ( NLIS) devices.

A Property Identification Code (PIC) is a unique eight character alphanumeric code allocated by DPIPWE to a property or a number of properties operating as a single enterprise.

A producer can register their properties:

  • by going to the Department's PIC Registration and Amendment website; or
  • by completing the PIC application form below.
  • Application forms are also available by telephoning the DPIPWE's Helpline on 1300 368 550 during business hours to have a form sent by mail or fax.

Application Form for a Property Identification Code (229 KB)

If you have more than one property, you can apply to have these amalgamated under one PIC. A 'property' is defined as one or more parcels of land that are worked as a single property.

Property Identification Code Consolidation Form (46 KB)

Proposed reforms to property identification arrangements

Commonwealth, States and Territories have been reviewing traceability arrangements across animal, plant and food industry sectors. This work is examining opportunities to enhance traceability systems and arrangements to help Australia more effectively:
  • manage pest and disease outbreaks;
  • manage food safety, trade and market access requirements, and;
  • address consumer interest in product sustainability, ethics and provenance.
One critical component of Australia’s existing primary produce traceability system is the Property Identification Code, commonly known as a PIC.  A PIC is a unique code assigned to one or more properties or businesses that are involved with activity along the primary produce supply chain. 

PICs have been used in the livestock sector for many years as part of the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS).  In Tasmania, PICs are assigned by Biosecurity Tasmania following an application process.

As one component of the broader traceability review, governments have examined PIC arrangements with a view to implementing a national harmonised property identification system across our primary production sectors.  

These reforms are focused on improving the locational aspects of traceability, harmonising the business rules used to assign PICs and extending the benefits of PICs to other primary production sectors.  For example, the mandatory inclusion of the plant sector is new from a national perspective, although in Tasmania many properties engaged in plant production may already have PICs.

The need for PIC reform has been recognised and strongly supported by the many system participants involved in the recent discussions about Australia’s future traceability requirements.

Feedback was sought on the proposed changes and submissions closed on 15 November 2019. It is intended to gain agreement on principles and business rules by the end of 2019 and have legislative changes in effect by the end of 2022. 


NLIS Forms and Requests
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 1300 368 550
Fax: 03 6173 0308

PIC Registrar
Andrea Clark
Product Integrity Branch
GPO Box 44

Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 3240
Fax: 03 6173 0308