Livestock ownership, identification and movement in Western Australia

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Western Australia has a mandatory livestock ownership, identification and movement system.

If you are a livestock owner or beekeeper, you must register as an owner of livestock, identify stock correctly & obtain a property identification code (PIC) for each property where you keep livestock. When livestock are moved off a property, you must complete a movement document (for most species).

Livestock include cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, donkeys & hybrids, deer, alpaca, llama, camel, buffalo, vicuna & ostrich, even if kept as pets. Beekeepers are also considered livestock owners.


Stock traceability is the first step in good biosecurity and is a key part of everyday sound farm management practices. Traceability is essential to maintain access to export markets and for food safety. It allows stock to be traced for disease or residue purposes and deters stock theft.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) assists owners to comply with the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management (Identification and Movement of Stock and Apiaries) Regulations 2013 [the BAM (IMSA) regulations]. If you are an owner of livestock, you have a responsibility to ensure that you meet these requirements.


Contact information

Livestock ownership, identification and traceability
1300 926 547


Livestock Biosecurity