Who needs to regis­ter and what the rules mean for an­i­mal own­ers, breed­ers, pro­duc­ers and land­hold­ers

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

UN­DER Queens­land’s Biose­cu­rity Act 2014, any­one who keeps more than a cer­tain num­ber of ‘des­ig­nated an­i­mals’ is a reg­is­tra­ble biose­cu­rity en­tity and must regis­ter with Biose­cu­rity Queens­land.

An RBE can be an in­di­vid­ual or sev­eral in­di­vid­u­als work­ing in a part­ner­ship, or an or­gan­is­tion such as a com­pany, trust, reg­is­tered body or gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Reg­is­tra­tion al­lows an­i­mals to be traced if there is a dis­ease out­break or con­tam­i­na­tion in­ci­dent.

WHO MUST REGIS­TER?

You must regis­ter if you own or keep the fol­low­ing des­ig­nated an­i­mals:

One or more cows, sheep, goats, pigs, bi­son, buf­falo, deer or an­i­mals from the camel­i­dae fam­ily (eg al­pacas, lla­mas) or the equidae fam­ily (eg horses, don­keys, mules, ze­bras).

Birds that are raised for hu­man con­sump­tion or the pro­duc­tion of eggs for hu­man con­sump­tion or that have been re­leased into free flight since they started be­ing kept in cap­tiv­ity must be reg­is­tered, if you own 100 or more.

One or more bee­hives. You must regis­ter even if you don’t own the land that you keep your an­i­mals on.

PROP­ERTY IDEN­TI­FI­CA­TION CODES

Once you are reg­is­tered you will be al­lo­cated a prop­erty iden­ti­fi­ca­tion code cor­re­spond­ing to the land where you keep your an­i­mals. If you were al­ready al­lo­cated a PIC be­fore July 1, 2016 you will au­to­mat­i­cally be­come a RBE.

You need to be al­lo­cated a PIC to pur­chase de­vices from the Na­tional Live­stock Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem and to ac­cess other na­tional in­dus­try sys­tems such as ven­dor dec­la­ra­tions and way­bills.

If you do not own the prop­erty where your an­i­mals are kept, you will need to get au­tho­ri­sa­tion from the prop­erty owner to use their PIC to ac­cess th­ese sys­tems. The prop­erty owner will need to com­plete the rel­e­vant sec­tion of your ap­pli­ca­tion to be­come an RBE.

HOW LONG DOES REG­IS­TRA­TION LAST?

Reg­is­tra­tion is valid for three years from the ap­pli­ca­tion date.

If you au­to­mat­i­cally be­came an RBE on July 1, 2016 be­cause you al­ready had been al­lo­cated a PIC, your reg­is­tra­tion will be valid un­til July 1, 2019. If you do not re­new your reg­is­tra­tion, your PIC may be can­celled.

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