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