Property Identification Codes - PIC

Property registration is mandatory under the Livestock Act 1997. It is part of a national agreement to maintain a register of the locations of livestock and property owner, or manager contact details.

The Property Identification Code (PIC) records data about:

  • property owners
  • property information
  • species of animals on a property
  • number of animals on a property.

The Property Identification Code (PIC) is used in cases of:

  • disease outbreaks
  • bushfires
  • animal emergencies.

Apply, cancel, update or renew a PIC

Apply for a new property registration, cancellation, renewal or amendment

Use the property registration application form (PDF 269.5 KB or DOCX 69.6 KB) to:

  • Apply for a PIC. See the list below for people who can register a property for a PIC. A PIC is active for 2 years.
  • Cancel a PIC.
  • Update the details of a PIC.

To renew a PIC, complete and return the renewal notice which is sent at least 5 weeks before the renewal date.

Only 1 PIC is required per property.

Properties that have multiple blocks of land within 100km only need 1 PIC. Properties that have multiple blocks of land more than 100km apart measured from the centre of each property must register different PICs.

The following people can register a property for a PIC:

  • an owner or part owner
  • occupier
  • owner of stock
  • a person who has responsibility for managing or caring for stock on the property.

Who needs a PIC

All South Australian properties must have a Property Identification Code if they have 1 or more:

  • horses
  • cattle
  • sheep
  • pig
  • goats
  • deer
  • alpacas
  • buffaloes
  • donkeys
  • camels
  • mules
  • llamas.


Commercial poultry egg and/or meat producers required to have food safety accreditation must also have a Property Identification Code. Poultry species include:

  • chickens
  • ducks
  • geese
  • guinea fowl
  • mutton birds
  • partridges
  • pheasants
  • pigeons
  • quails
  • turkeys.

Learn more about food safety accreditation for poultry.


A $85.50 fee applies every 2 years.

A late fee of $44 applies for registration fees not received by the due date.

Making payments

Payments can be made by:

  • cheque
  • money order
  • credit card.

Payments can be made at these Biosecurity SA offices:

  • Clare
  • Glenside
  • Kingscote
  • Loxton
  • Mount Gambier
  • Murray Bridge
  • Port Lincoln
  • Struan.

More information

More information about PICs.


Contact the PIC Registration Team for more information:

Phone: (08) 8207 7919 or 1800 654 688

Write to Biosecurity SA to request a formal assessment of any decision:

Chief Inspector of Stock
Biosecurity SA
GPO Box 1671
Adelaide 5001


Page Last Reviewed: 01 Jul 2018
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