Property Identification Code Survey

The purpose of this survey is to gauge industry views on the introduction of Property Identification Codes for the plant-based production industries.

Recently traceability has seen a focus at the Federal level through the National Traceability project being conducted by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, which noted that “A single, national approach to property identification (including all properties with terrestrial and aquatic animals, and plant production activities) is a fundamental first step to improving traceability” and that the National Biosecurity Committee is progressing development and implementation of a national property identification system by 2022.

Property Identification Codes (PIC’s) are unique code identifiers which are used as a part of a national agreement to maintain a means of identifying the locations of livestock (species and quantity) along with information on the property and its owner and/or manager.

PIC’s are used to provide information to assist in responding during biosecurity events and natural disasters such as bush fires, cyclones and health events and may assist in tracing and controlling of plant pathogens/pests.

PIC’s are also used in the National Livestock Identification System (NILS), a traceability system which enables the traceability of an animal over its lifetime. Along with an individual animal identifier PIC’s are printed on livestock identifiers e.g. cattle tags and enable the tracking of livestock.

Fees for a PIC vary, with some states being free (e.g. Victoria) where as in other states there is a fee (e.g. South Australia $85.50 biannually).

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