Registering as an owner of stock or as a beekeeper

Page last updated: Friday, 17 August 2018 - 2:11pm

In Western Australia, all owners of livestock are legally required to register with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia (DPIRD) Brands Office. This includes beekeepers.

Who needs to register?

The Biosecurity and Agriculture Management (Identification and Movement of Stock and Apiaries) Regulations 2013 [the BAM (IMSA) regulations] require that all beekeepers and owners of livestock must be registered.

Whether they are kept as pets or for commercial purposes, the following animals are considered livestock under the BAM (IMSA) regulations:

  • cattle
  • sheep
  • goats
  • deer
  • buffalo
  • horses
  • mules
  • South American camelids (alpaca, llama, vicuna)
  • pigs (including miniature pigs).

All animals must be easily identifiable with their owner’s registered identifier and/or brand.

Beekeepers are required to be registered and each hive must be marked with the owner’s registered identifier.

Ostrich owners need to register if they own other types of livestock or if they wish to identify their ostriches with a registered identifier.

Registration is valid for a period of three years and a renewal notice will be issued prior to the expiry date.

How to register

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

  • application for registration as an owner of stock form
  • application for registration as a beekeeper form

which are found on the registration of livestock ownership forms webpage.

Return the form (with the scheduled fee) to your nearest DPIRD office, or by post to:

Brands Office
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia
PO Box 1231
Bunbury WA 6231

Once your application has been processed, you will be issued with a registration certificate and property identification code (PIC) card. For livestock owners, the PIC card will have your registered identifiers (stock brand, pig tattoo and earmark), your brand expiry date and property identification codes (PIC) for the properties nominated where you will run your stock. For beekeepers, the PIC card will have your registered hive brand and your brand expiry date.

If you would like to request preferred letters as your stock brand, the process to see which brands are currently available is outlined in the Stock Brands and PIC Register search guide.

Completing the registration form

Owner name/trading name

Fill in an owner's name and a trading name if you wish. The owner name or trading name you use to register is the name/s which you will use to trade and purchase/sell your stock. These name/s will be used in any dealings with your stock.

Addresses

Ensure you provide both a postal and residential (physical) address, not just a post office box number. In instances of disease outbreak, it may be necessary to visit you, rather than sending mail notifications.

Signatures

Ensure that all parties who are signatory to the brand have signed the form. If a name on the form has no accompanying signature, the brand will only be registered in the name of the person/s who has signed. This means that in the future, the person/s who originally signed are the only one/s who can make changes to the registration details.

Updating details on an existing registration

If any of your details (other than your trading name) change, you are required to update these using the notification of change of address and property details form, which is found on the registration of livestock ownership forms webpage.

For example, if you purchase new land, end a lease or change your address, 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/altering an owner or trading name

The PIC card 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 you can transfer ownership of the identifiers to the new property owners (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 found on the registration of livestock owners forms webpage.

Any change to an owner name or trading name is also considered a change of ownership and the application for transfer of identifiers form should be completed.

The form should be returned (with the appropriate fee) to a DPIRD office or post it to:

Brands Office
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia
PO Box 1231
Bunbury WA 6231

The transfer of registered identifiers requires the signatures of all parties who were signatory to the original registration. The transfer will not be processed without all of the correct signatures. If the owner is a company, evidence that the signatories are directors of that company will be required. The updated registration is valid for the next three years.

Cancelling a brand registration

To cancel a registration of ownership, complete the application for cancellation of registration forms available on the registration of livestock owners forms webpage.

Alternatively, on receiving your re-registration notice, you can complete the application for cancellation of registration form available on the registration of livestock owners forms webpage. If a brand is not re-registered by the expiry date, the associated identifiers become available to other livestock owners. Once a registration expires, it can no longer be legally used by the previous owner unless they successfully apply for re-registration.

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 showground.

All these non-farming (supply chain) properties must be registered. For an application form, please contact the Brands Office on +61 (0)8 9780 6207 The application form should be returned (with the appropriate fee) to:

Brands Office
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia
PO Box 1231
Bunbury WA 6231

Once your application has been processed, you will be issued with a registration certificate and PIC card. For livestock managers, the card (PIC card) will indicate your property identification code (PIC) and the PIC expiry date. Registration is valid for a period of three years. A renewal notice will be issued prior to the expiry date.

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 buyer code (BIC) to the saleyard operator for stock they purchase instead of the PIC of the destination. The agent is responsible for clearing any stock off their BIC with 24 hours.

To apply for a buyer identification code, please contact the Brands Office on +61 (0)8 9780 6207 for an application form. The form should be returned (with the appropriate fee) to:

Brands Office
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia
PO Box 1231
Bunbury WA 6231

Access to information on the brands and PIC register

Information in the brands and PIC register is public information and is available on DPIRD’s website. Information can also be retrieved by making a written request.

To request information from the brands and PIC register, complete the application for information on the register form available on the registration of livestock owners forms webpage.

The form should be returned to:

Brands Office
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia
PO Box 1231
Bunbury WA 6231

Notification of a mortgage over stock or apiary

A registered owner of stock or registered beekeeper can give notice of a mortgage over their stock or apiary. This information will be recorded in the 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 available on the registration of livestock owners forms webpage.

The form should be returned (with the appropriate fee) to a DPIRD office or posted to:

Brands Office
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia
PO Box 1231
Bunbury WA 6231

Withdrawal of notification of a mortgage

A registered owner of stock or registered beekeeper who has previously given notice of a mortgage over their stock or apiary can withdraw that notice by completing the notification of withdrawal of a mortgage notice form available from the registration of livestock owners forms webpage.

The form should be returned (with the appropriate fee) to a DPIRD office or posted to:

Brands Office
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia
PO Box 1231
Bunbury WA 6231

Contact information

Brands Office
1300 926 547
Beth Green
+61 (0)8 9780 6159

Author

Beth Green