Annual land and stock returns FAQs

At Local Land Services, we receive many questions about the annual return of land and stock for landowners.

Your annual return help us to protect our primary industries from pests and diseases by building a statewide picture of agricultural land use and livestock numbers.

Are you unsure about the annual return? Contact us, or view our frequently asked questions below.

Q: What if I don’t have any stock?

We understand that not all landholders have stock on their properties at all times.

It's important that you still complete an annual return, even if you don' t have stock. This is because your return is still important to help us understand our state's stock movements, and this information is essential if we face a disease outbreak.

We understand that filling in an annual return may be confronting in these conditions, but it’s important that you complete an annual return, even if you don’t have stock. This is because our return is still important to help us understand our state’s stock movements, and this information is essential if we face a disease outbreak.

Q: Where can I get support during the drought?

At Local Land Services, our aim is to help you. Our staff can help you make informed decisions about your stock and pastures, and there are other rural support agencies with local staff who can also help you manage.

You can also visit our drought response page, or visit the Department of Primary Industries DroughtHub website.

Q: What should I do if the information in Section A of the return is incorrect?

If any of the information in Section A is incorrect, contact us or download the change of details form and submit it to your Local Land Services office.

Don’t mark changes on your annual return form as these are scanned electronically, so any changes marked on the form won’t be updated.

Q: What if I’m leasing the property or I’m not the occupier?

As you’ve received the annual return paperwork, our records show you as the legal occupier so you must lodge a return.

If you weren’t the occupier of all or part of the holding before 30 June this year, contact us

Q: What if the property is changing hands?

If you’re in the process of selling or leasing your land (including exchanging contracts), and you’re still the legal occupier before the annual land and stock return date, you’re responsible for lodging your annual return.

Q: Do I complete a separate form for each holding?

Yes, you must complete a separate annual return form for each holding.

Q: Are these numbers used in calculating my rates?

Stock numbers provided on your completed annual return support our response to emergencies and determine the animal health rate and meat industry levy components of your rates notice.

Q: What else do I need to do if I own livestock?

If you’re registering livestock on your return, you should also have a property identification code (PIC).

Local Land Services can assist you with your PIC. Talk to our staff about whether you need a PIC.

Still unsure?

If you have any further questions or concerns regarding the annual return, contact your regional Local Land Service office.

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