01 Dec 2014

ABCRA members need to be aware of their obligations in relation to livestock including horses.
In 2012, the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) regulated that all holdings where livestock are housed no matter what size, must have a Property Identification Code (PIC) registered with the Department.

The DPI website has full details of the requirements of the regulation and NSW members owning horses should visit the site to bring themselves up to date with their obligations. The direct link to the relevant page is http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/livestock/nlis/pic

To apply for a PIC number you can phone or contact your Local Land Service Office. It is a simple process and a small amount of time to complete.
While it is not a legal requirement to provide evidence of a PIC number at most venues, ABCRA has been advised that a number of show grounds operated by show societies are now requiring that participants provide PIC numbers while attending their grounds with a no PIC number no ride policy being enforced more and more often.

We are aware that in recent times, events in NSW have been audited for compliance and ABCRA understands that event auditing is going to increase in the future.

Members in States other than NSW should check what their obligations are also as there seems to be a growing trend by Governments to police compliance particularly those States such as Queensland that have had instances of Hendra virus.

Please ensure that if you aren’t compliant that you make the effort to become compliant to avoid future disappointment if an event that you have entered happens to be audited.