Registering as an owner of stock or as a beekeeper

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All livestock owners and beekeepers within Western Australia must be registered and their stock identified in accordance with the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management (Identification and Movement of Stock and Apiaries) Regulations 2013 [the BAM (IMSA) regulations].

This registration is issued by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) Brands Office. 

Who needs to register?

If you keep livestock or bees, whether they are kept as pets or for commercial purposes, you are required to register.

The following animals are considered livestock under the BAM (IMSA) regulations:

  • cattle
  • buffalo
  • sheep
  • goats
  • pigs
  • horses (ponies, donkeys, hybrids)
  • deer
  • South American camelids (alpaca, llama, vicuna)
  • camels
  • emu and ostrich*
  • poultry* (including chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks, guinea fowls, quails, pigeons, pheasants & partridges)

* Requirement for poultry owners with 50 or more birds or owners of 10 or more emus and/or ostriches to register was introduced on 1 April 2022. Existing registered livestock owners are encouraged to update their details with the Brands Office at their next renewal if they also run poultry, emus or ostriches. 

Registration fee

A fee is payable upon registration and re-registration. Registration is valid for a period of three years and a renewal notice will be issued to the last recorded postal address prior to the expiry date.

The following also attract a fee:

  • application for transfer of identifiers
  • application for registration as a non-farming (supply chain) property
  • application for a buyer identification code
  • application for information on the register
  • notice of mortgage or renewal of notice of mortgage
  • notice of withdrawal of a mortgage notice.

How to register

To register as an owner of stock or a beekeeper, you need to complete one of the following forms:

Return the form with the appropriate fee by one of the following methods:

  • Email with your credit card details to brands.bunbury@dpird.wa.gov.au
  • Fax to the Brands Office
  • If you wish to attend a DPIRD office to lodge the form and make payment, please phone the Brands Office on 1300 926 547 for locations that take payment

or

  • Post the completed form with payment to:

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
Attention: Registrar of Stock and Apiaries - Brands Office
PO Box 1231
Bunbury WA 6231

Cheques are to be made payable to the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

Stock application

You will be issued with the following registered identifiers:

  • stock brand
  • earmark
  • pig tattoo

One or more property identification codes (PIC) will be issued, to indicate the properties that you have nominated to run your stock on. Once processed, a registration certificate and PIC card/s will be issued.

Bee application

You will be issued with a hive brand.

Once processed, a registration certificate and hive brand card will be issued.

Completing the application for registration as an owner of stock form

Applicant details

This section is to be completed by the person/s or organisation that wishes to register. The name that you use to register is the name/s that will be used in any dealings with your stock.

Signatures

Ensure that all parties who are signatory to the registration have signed the form.  

For companies, the signature of a duly authorised officer is required along with the position they hold.

Note: The person/s who originally signed are the only one/s who can make changes to the registration details in the future.

Select stock identifier/s required

In your application you can request preferred choices as your stock brand. The Stock Brand and PIC Register search guide explains how to search for available brands on the Stock Brand and PIC Register. If neither choice is available, a similar brand will be allocated where possible.

Property details

The physical address of the location of the stock is required. In instances of disease outbreak, it may be necessary to visit you, rather than sending mail notifications.

This section must be signed by the property owner,  not necessarily the applicant, to confirm that they have given permission for your stock to be on their land.

Completing the application for registration as a beekeeper form

Registration details

This section is to be completed by the person/s or organisation that wishes to register. The name that you use to register is the name/s which will be used in any dealings with your hives.

Address

Your postal and residential address is required. In instances of disease outbreak, it may be necessary to visit you, rather than sending mail notifications.

Hive brand

In your application you can request a preferred choice as your hive brand. The Stock Brand and PIC Register search guide explains how to search for available brands on the Stock Brand & PIC Register. If your choice is not available, a similar brand will be allocated where possible.

Updates, transfers and cancellations

Updating trading name, contact and property details on an existing registration

If any of your details change, you are required to update these using the notification of change of address and property details form.

If you add a trade name, delete a trade name or change a recorded trade name.

If you change your postal address, sell, purchase, lease land or agist your stock on a different property, it is important to advise the Brands Office.

It is a legal requirement to advise the Brands Office of a change of postal address within seven days. Failure to do so is an offence.

There is no charge for updating your registration information.

Transferring a brand/changing the ownership/ death of an owner

The PIC and the registered identifiers belong to the registered owner. They do not belong to the property on which you operate. If you sell your property, it is your choice whether you retain the brand and other identifiers (if you intend farming elsewhere), or whether you transfer ownership of the identifiers to the new property owners. (Note: new owners will be allocated a new PIC.)

Brands and earmarks can be transferred to a new owner at any time by completing the application for transfer of identifiers form.

Any change to the legal ownership requires the completion of the application for transfer of identifiers form.

The transfer of registered identifiers requires the signatures of all parties who were signatory to the original registration. A transfer will not be processed without all the correct signatures. If the owner is a company, evidence that the signatories are duly authorised officers of that company will be required. Where a person is deceased, the executor must sign on behalf of the deceased person.

A fee is payable in these situations. The updated registration is valid for a period of three years and a renewal notice will be issued to the last recorded postal address prior to the expiry date.  Registration information can be checked online on the Stock Brand & PIC Register

Return the form with the appropriate fee by one of the following methods:

  • Email with your credit card details to brands.bunbury@dpird.wa.gov.au
  • Fax to the Brands Office
  • If you wish to attend a DPIRD office to lodge the form and make payment, please phone the Brands Office on 1300 926 547 for locations that take payment

or

  • Post the completed form with payment to:

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
Attention: Registrar of Stock and Apiaries - Brands Office
PO Box 1231
Bunbury WA 6231

Cheques are to be made payable to the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

Cancelling a registration

To cancel a registration of ownership, complete the application for cancellation of registration. All parties who were signatory to the original registration must sign. If the owner is a company, evidence that the signatories are duly authorised officers of that company will be required. Where a person is deceased, the executor must sign on behalf of the deceased person.

If re-registration is not completed by the expiry date, the associated identifiers become available to other livestock owners. Once a registration expires, the PIC and registered identifiers can no longer be legally used by the previous owner unless they successfully apply for re-registration.

Death of an owner

If there is no livestock on hand and there is no intention to have any in the future then an application for cancellation of registration needs to be completed. All parties who were signatory to the original registration must sign. The executor must sign on behalf of the deceased person.

If there is livestock on hand and the intention is that they will be sold off, this can be done under the current registration. Once all the livestock has been sold then an application for cancellation of registration needs to be completed. All parties who were signatory to the original registration must sign. The executor must sign on behalf of the deceased person. 

If there is livestock on hand and the intention is to continue to own livestock into the future an application for transfer of identifiers can be completed. If the death of the owner occurs around the same time as the re-registration is due, the transfer can be completed on that form. By transferring identifiers the existing brand, earmark and pig tattoo will be allocated to the new owner. 

If you require any assistance in these circumstances please call the Stock Brands office on 1300 926 547. 

Registering as a non-farming (supply chain) property operator

Under the BAM (IMSA) regulations, a non-farming property is:

  • a saleyard
  • an abattoir
  • an export depot
  • a holding or transit yard
  • a pound
  • a feedlot
  • a showground/event location
  • a vet clinic.

All these non-farming (supply chain) properties must be registered. For an application form, please contact the Brands Office on 1300 926 547.

Return the form with the appropriate fee by one of the following methods:

  • Email with your credit card details to brands.bunbury@dpird.wa.gov.au
  • Fax to the Brands Office 
  • If you wish to attend a DPIRD office to lodge the form and make payment, please phone the Brands Office on 1300 926 547 for locations that take payment

or

  • Post the completed form with payment to:

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
Attention: Registrar of Stock and Apiaries - Brands Office
PO Box 1231
Bunbury WA 6231

Cheques are to be made payable to the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

Once your application has been processed, you will be issued with a registration certificate and PIC card. For livestock managers, the PIC card will indicate your PIC and the expiry date. Registration is valid for a period of three years. A renewal notice will be issued to the last recorded postal address prior to the expiry date. Registration information can be checked online on the Stock Brands Enquiry Screen.

Buyer identification codes

People who purchase livestock from a saleyard but do not know the immediate destination for the stock may apply for a buyer identification code (BIC). Stock agents, export buyers and abattoir buyers can then give their BIC to the saleyard operator for stock they purchase instead of the PIC of the destination.

The agent/buyer is responsible for clearing any stock off their BIC within 24 hours.

For an application form, please contact the Brands Office on 1300 926 547.

Return the form with the appropriate fee by one of the following methods:

  • Email with your credit card details to brands.bunbury@dpird.wa.gov.au
  • Fax to the Brands Office
  • If you wish to attend a DPIRD office to lodge the form and make payment, please phone the Brands Office on 1300 926 547 for locations that take payment

or

  • Post the completed form with payment to:

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
Attention: Registrar of Stock and Apiaries - Brands Office
PO Box 1231
Bunbury WA 6231

Cheques are to be made payable to the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

Notification of a mortgage over stock or apiary and/or Withdrawal of that notification

A registered owner of stock or registered beekeeper can give notice of a mortgage over their stock or apiary and they can withdraw that notice. This information will be recorded in the Stock Brands and PIC register, however, it will not be available as public information.

To register a mortgage or renew mortgage information, complete the notice of mortgage or renewal of notice of mortgage form

To withdraw a notice of mortgage, complete the notice of withdrawal of a mortgage notice form.

Return the form with the appropriate fee by one of the following methods:

  • Email with your credit card details to brands.bunbury@dpird.wa.gov.au
  • Fax to the Brands Office
  • If you wish to attend a DPIRD office to lodge the form and make payment, please phone the Brands Office on 1300 926 547 for locations that take payment

or

  • Post the completed form with payment to:

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
Attention: Registrar of Stock and Apiaries - Brands Office
PO Box 1231
Bunbury WA 6231

Cheques are to be made payable to the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

Contact information

Brands Office
1300 926 547