Property Identification Code (PIC)

Property Identification Code (PIC)

What is a Property Identification Code (PIC)?

A Property Identification Code (PIC) is an eight-character code allocated by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) or an equivalent authority in each state or territory to identify a livestock-producing property. Producers must have a PIC to move livestock on and off a property – it forms the basis of Australia’s food safety and traceability programs.  

There are differences between states and territories in how PICs are managed.  In some states, amalgamation of separate PICs owned by the same entity, into a single PIC, is allowed.  In other states, one property can be issued multiple PICs if there are livestock owned by multiple entities on the property.  It is important to understand the requirements for your state or territory.

How are PICs used in the red meat integrity system?

PIC numbers, rather than properties are the basis for all Integrity System programs:

  • On-farm assurance, delivered by the LPA program, is PIC based. This means every PIC that is part of the LPA program must be accredited.
  • The NLIS program also relies on PICs to ensure traceability of animals through the supply chain.  NLIS tags/devices are issued to specific PICs and are applied to any livestock born there (Breeder Tags) or livestock that have been moved there and require a replacement tag (Post Breeder tags). 
  • All livestock movements must be recorded on the NLIS database, identifying the ‘from’ and ‘to’ PICs for the movement, as well as the individual animals via their NLIS tags (or mobs of animals for mob-based transfers). 
  • Statuses can be assigned to PICs that indicate particular circumstances such as PICs that have accessed cotton trash.  For more information on PIC statuses please refer to Tech Tip - PIC and device status codes).
  • Accredited LPA PICs  are required to use LPA NVDs for every livestock movement between different PICs and record this information on their NVD, making PICs central to LPA NVD recording. 

How to obtain a PIC?

PICs are issued by state and territory departments to identify parcels of land used for agricultural purposes. To obtain a PIC, contact the relevant authority in your state or territory.

Is your PIC LPA accredited?

Producers can check if their PIC is accredited using the accreditation search tool.

Access state and territory information for obtaining a PIC, ordering NLIS tags, complying with livestock movement and NLIS requirements.

Variation between state and territory requirements, means producers must be aware of what applies to their situation, especially when moving livestock across borders.

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Accreditation is linked to an individual PIC. The PIC owner should ensure that management systems on-farm meet LPA requirements and that all producers with access to the accredited PIC are aware of these requirements.

A PIC must be accredited before a livestock producer associated with that property is able to obtain and use LPA NVDs.

Please check the requirements for your state or territory – some require each entity to have their own PIC.  From an Integrity Systems perspective the preference is for each entity to have their own LPA accreditation, where livestock are owned by separate entities.  If allowable in your state or territory,  multiple LPA accounts can be set up on a single PIC. A third-party authorisation form will need to be completed, signed and returned to ISC. To access this form, call the ISC Helpdesk on 1800 683 111 or email

Alternatively, if allowable in your state or territory, livestock owned by separate entities on the one PIC can be managed under a single LPA accreditation.  It is important to note that in this circumstance the nominated person for the LPA accreditation will be responsible for meeting all LPA requirements for all livestock that reside on the PIC.

For any new property purchased, the new owner should inform LPA of the purchase and seek LPA accreditation for that PIC (even if they are an existing LPA accredited producer).

If you’re unsure of a device’s whereabouts and need to remove it from your PIC, assign the ‘Inactive’ (IA) status  to the device.

Any device you have not yet used should remain ‘active’ on the database. Any such device should not be assigned the ‘Inactive’ status white it is awaiting use.

PIC reconciliations are similar to property stocktakes. They identify discrepancies between the total number of electronic devices on a property, and the number of electronic devices registered to that property (PIC) on the NLIS database.  Completing a PIC reconciliation is important for producers meeting EU market requirements but it is also important when a PIC is involved in any kind of investigation or issue.  A true record of what devices are currently associated with a PIC can save much time and cost in the event of an animal disease outbreak or an investigation into residue contamination.

Information on how to complete a PIC reconciliation can be found here.