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.

Registering your property for a PIC

Only 1 PIC is required per property.

Properties that have multiple blocks of land within 100 km only need 1 PIC. Properties that have multiple blocks of land more than 100 km apart 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.

Apply for or cancel a PIC

Use the property registration application form (PDF 103.8 KB) or  (DOCX 149.9 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.

Renew a PIC

You will be sent a renewal notice 5 weeks before your PIC’s Expiry Date. You can renew or update your PIC online.

If you require a hard copy PIC renewal form, email quoting your PIC number and a renewal form will be emailed to you.

Online PIC renewal or update

To renew or update a PIC online you need to:

  1. register as a new user for myPIRSA (this only needs to be done once)
  2. login in as an existing user to myPIRSA and ‘Apply for a New Service’ for ‘Renew or Update a Livestock PIC’ for each PIC that you have (this only needs to be done once)
  3. in the ‘Approved Services’ section of myPIRSA, click on ‘Renew or Update a Livestock PIC’ for your PIC to merge your existing data into the on-line form
  4. make any changes necessary to the data and Submit the form, with payment if applicable.

For further help with this process see:

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 $91.50 fee applies every 2 years.

A late fee is charged for all registration renewals not paid in full by the registration expiry 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


Write to Biosecurity SA to request a formal review of any previous decision:

Chief Inspector of Stock
Biosecurity SA
GPO Box 1671
Adelaide 5001


Contact the PIC Registration Team for more information about PIC applications, renewals and cancellations:

Phone: (08) 8207 7919 or 1800 654 688

Page Last Reviewed: 01 Jul 2020
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