Get a property identification code
Your property identification code (PIC) is a unique eight-character code that identifies the property where your livestock are kept.
The information is kept by the Department of Primary Industry and Resources in the Northern Territory (NT), or its counterparts in other states and territories, and is permanently registered against a specific parcel of land.
In the NT, PICs begin with the letter T, for Territory, followed by three more letters, followed by four numbers - eg: TCDG0066.
You must have a PIC if you keep any of the following livestock on your property in the NT:
- alpacas and llamas
- buffalo and cattle
- emus and ostriches
- horses, mules and donkeys
- poultry and pigeons
It doesn't matter how big or small the property is - from suburban house block to pastoral station. It doesn't matter how many animals you have or even if they are just pets. If you are keeping any of the above animals, then you must have a registered PIC.
If you have animals on agistment, check with the property owner to make sure they have a PIC.
Your PIC is a biosecurity tool to help the government manage any outbreaks of disease which could spread beyond the property where they are first found.
It helps identify where animals have come from or are kept. It also helps locate neighbouring properties so owners can be notified quickly of a potential disease threat in the area.
The PIC is an essential part of the National Livestock Identification System.
Read more about moving and exporting livestock.
Read more about the National Livestock Identification System.
When you register your property for a PIC, you must provide all of the following information:
- names and details of property owners and other contact people
- location and legal description such as NT portion/section/lot and street address
- species and numbers of animals held on the property.
The code is permanently attached to the parcel of land and stays with the property, not with the owner. It can't be transferred to another property. If you sell the property, the code remains with it.
Applying for a PIC is free. You can either:
- register for a property identification code (PIC) online
- fill in the NT PIC registration form
- or fill in the beehives NT PIC registration form.
If you choose to fill in the form, you can:
Send by mail:
Chief Inspector of Livestock
Department of Primary Industry and Resources
GPO Box 3000
Darwin NT 0801
Send by fax:
Fax: 08 8999 2146
Send by email
You can send your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions or need help, you can contact a regional livestock biosecurity officer.
When you register, you will be sent a certificate which lists the PIC, the legal land description, livestock kept on property and owner details.
You can search for a PIC to find the code for someone else's property in the NT.
Read more about how to search the PIC database.
Get the full NT PIC list
Lists by region
You can find the codes for properties in other states through the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS). To find out more, go to the NLIS website.
Last updated: 07 August 2020
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