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.

Who needs a PIC

You must have a PIC if you keep any of the following livestock on your property in the NT:

  • alpacas and llamas
  • bison
  • buffalo and cattle
  • camels
  • deer
  • emus and ostriches
  • goats
  • horses, mules and donkeys
  • pigs 
  • poultry and pigeons
  • sheep.

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.

What it's for

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.

Registration information

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.

How to get a PIC

Applying for a PIC is free. You can either:

If you choose to fill in the form, sent it to:

The Registrar
Department of Primary Industry and Resources
GPO Box 3000, Darwin NT 0801
Fax: (08) 8999 2146

If you have any questions or need help you can contact a regional livestock biosecurity officer at Animal Biosecurity.

Registration certificate

When you register you will be sent a certificate which lists the PIC, the legal land description, livestock kept on property and owner details.

Updating your details

Keep your property and livestock details up-to-date. You can either:

Find existing PICs

You can search for a PIC to find the code for someone else's property in the NT.

You can get the full NT PIC list. 

You can also get 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.

Read more about how to search the PIC database.

You can get a guide to searching the NLIS PIC register (225.3 kb).

Last updated: 28 November 2017