MLA Accelerated Adoption Initiative

Red Meat 2019 - Accelerated Adoption Initiative

Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) recently announced the Red Meat 2019 - Accelerated Adoption Initiative which means cattle, sheep and goat levy-payers can now access a wide range of MLA products and services delivered directly to them at no cost. The program came into effect on 25 November 2019 and will operate until 30 June 2021.

Transaction levies will not change and will still be collected by and paid under the normal levy collection process.

Under the Accelerated Adoption Initiative, MLA will provide a temporary relief for costs incurred for the delivery of key products and services, from MLA, directly to red meat levy payers. Products eligible for alternative funding include LPA Production Assurance (LPA) accreditation and reaccreditation, LPA National Vendor Declaration (NVD) books, eDEC tokens and hardcopy LPA materials.

There will be no change to the services offered by Integrity Systems Company (ISC). It is business and usual and we will continue to support producers through our red meat integrity programs.

What this means:

  • There will be nothing to pay for LPA accreditation and reaccreditation, National Vendor Declaration (NVD) books, eDEC tokens and hardcopy LPA materials from Monday 25 November 2019 until 30 June 2021.
  • Current order processes will remain in place.
  • The cost of these items will still be invoiced and include an Accelerated Adoption Initiative credit so there is no further cost to the levy payer.
  • Refunds, rebates or returns for costs already incurred will not be made. This includes costs incurred on relevant products and services made prior to 25 November 2019 or after 30 June 2021.
  • Producers are still required to complete the LPA learning and assessment when applying for LPA accreditation or when their LPA reaccreditation is due.
  • LPA Accredited producers may still be selected for a random or targeted audit.
  • The LPA program will continue to operate in line with current Program Rules and Standards and accredited producers are expected to continue to comply with LPA requirements.
  • The products and services provided directly to levy payers under the Red Meat 2019 – Accelerated Adoption initiative will be alternatively funded during the period 25 November 2019 to 30 June 2021.

More information about the Red Meat 2019 – Accelerated Adoption Initiative can be found on the MLA website www.mla.com.au/AAI

More information about the initiative as it applies to red meat integrity programs including LPA and NVDs can be found in the FAQ’s below or by contacting:

Email:  info@integritysystems.com.au

Phone: 1800 683 111

FAQs

The Red Meat 2019 - Accelerated Adoption Initiative means cattle, sheep and goat levy-payers can now access a wide range of MLA products and services delivered directly to them at no cost. The program came into effect on 25 November 2019 and will operate until 30 June 2021.

Transaction levies will not change and will still be collected by and paid under the normal levy collection process.

Under the Accelerated Adoption Initiative, MLA will provide a temporary relief for costs incurred for the delivery of key products and services, from MLA, directly to red meat levy payers. Products eligible for alternative funding include LPA Production Assurance (LPA) accreditation and reaccreditation, LPA National Vendor Declaration (NVD) books, eDEC tokens and hardcopy LPA materials.

  • LPA accreditation
  • LPA reaccreditation
  • LPA NVD books
  • eDEC tokens
  • Hardcopy LPA reaccreditation packs
  • Hardcopy LPA record keeping books

 

Transaction levies will not change and will still be collected by and paid under the normal levy collection process. 

All MLA levy payers and all PICs are eligible including LPA accredited producers who are due to pay the reaccreditation fee between 25 November 2019 to 30 June 2021. Fees will be alternatively funded or covered only for relevant products and services provided directly to levy payers. This will include all people, staff, representatives from the ‘levy payer’ entity - whether it be an individual, partnership, company or trust. To access LPA NVD books and LPA eDEC tokens under this initiative, levy payers must be LPA accredited.

Refunds, rebates or returns for costs already incurred will not be made. This includes costs incurred on relevant products and services made prior to 25 November 2019 or after 30 June 2021.

The cost of this initiative will be covered within existing budgets.  Where necessary funds will be transferred between similar programs or projects.  

No additional action is needed. All LPA accredited producers are required to continue to operate in line with the LPA Program Rules and Standards.

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