The Biosecurity Act 2014 commenced on the 1st of July 2016. It ensures a consistent, modern, risk-based and les rescriptive approach to biosecurity in Queensland.
There are significant changes to how we must do things.
Property Identification Codes (PIC)
Under the Act, the property identification code (PIC) system is continuing. This system provides important information for traceability purposes in case of a disease outbreak or contamination.
Registrable Biosecurity Entity (RBE)
If you already had a PIC allocated prior to the 1st of July 2016, you will automatically be registered as a biosecurity entity. Your registration will be valid until the 1st of July 2019. Registration is valid for 3 years from the date of registration. If you are still keeping horses (or other designated animals) you will need to renew your registration before it expires. An RBE can be allocated to a person, partnership or business enterprise. The prescribed fee is payable when you apply to register as a biosecurity entity AND you are a commercial primary producer (i.e. you claim primary producer status on your tax return). A fee is not payable if you keep animals for non-commercial purposes (i.e. expensive hobby). The fees can be found here.
If you have not registered, you can contact your local DAF office, but they will just send you the below form and ask you to follow the instructions.
Here is the RBE application form, it is fillable PDF, and will only work if you use Adobe Reader.
The Complexities of RBEs and PICs
Before you read on, go for a walk, take a deep breath, make yourself a cuppa and clear your mind.
Since EI we have all had to have a PIC number for the property or properties where we keep our horses. In general, a PIC is allocated to a parcel of land, or it can span multiple adjoining parcels of land, for example your farm may span multiple titles.
An RBE can span multiple PICs. As an RBE, you may have horses on multiple properties, so once your have your RBE number, you need to fill out the RBE Application Form above and register all locations where you keep animals.
A PIC can have multiple RBEs. An example would be an agistment property, each agistee would need to register as a RBE.
You can be more than one RBE. If you are part of a partnership that owns some horses, and you also own horses separate to the partnership, than you and the partnership will be classed as separate registrable biosecurity entities.