Livestock Production Assurance (LPA)

The Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program is the on-farm assurance program that underpins market access for Australian red meat. LPA National Vendor Declarations (NVDs) provide evidence of livestock history and on-farm practices when transferring livestock through the value chain.

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The Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program is the on-farm assurance program that underpins market access for Australian red meat. LPA National Vendor Declarations (NVDs) provide evidence of livestock history and on-farm practices when transferring livestock through the value chain.

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LPA Rules & Standards

The LPA program operates under Rules and Standards agreed to and maintained by the Intergrity Systems Taskforce. Accredited producers must operate in accordance with these Rules and Standards, and agree to do so as part of the LPA accreditation and reaccreditation process.

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Tools & Resources

LPA FAQs

To become LPA accredited, register your Property Identification Code (PIC).

If you are unsure if your PIC is already LPA accredited, you can use the accreditation search tool to check.

Producers becoming LPA accredited for the first time are required to complete the LPA online learning modules prior to completing their initial accreditation assessment and animal welfare certificate.

Participation in the LPA program is voluntary.

Becoming accredited with LPA means that livestock producers agree to abide by the LPA Rules and Standards, including the seven requirements of LPA which cover:

  • Assessing risks on farm
  • Treating animals safely and responsibly
  • Managing pasture and fodder treatments
  • Preparing animals for dispatch
  • Documenting livestock transactions and movements
  • Maintaining biosecurity practices
  • Adhering to animal welfare practices

LPA Learning is an online tool developed to assist livestock owners to better understand all practices required to meet LPA requirements and prepare for their accreditation assessment.

To access LPA Learning, visit the LPA Learning page , or access the learnings via your LPA Account , where you can also complete your accreditation assessment and Animal Welfare certificate.

All LPA accredited producers – from large scale operators to hobby farmers – may be audited to check how records are maintained and how food safety, biosecurity and animal welfare management is being carried out.

Each time livestock are moved off a PIC they must be accompanied by some form of movement documentation. For LPA accredited PICs, this must be an LPA NVD. 

The current LPA NVD is required for all livestock movements, including property to property, through saleyards, direct to processors and to feedlots, and to the live export trade.

The LPA NVD asks the livestock owner a series of questions about the livestock’s history. It also contains a declaration from the livestock owner that all information provided on the LPA NVD is true and correct. There are also sections that must be completed by the person responsible for the livestock while they are being moved and agents where they are involved in a transaction.

Current versions include:

On-farm assurance, delivered by the LPA program, is PIC based. This means every PIC that is part of the LPA program must be accredited, even when owned by the same entity.

PICs are issued by state and territory departments to identify parcels of land used for agricultural purposes. To obtain a PIC, contact the relevant authority in your state or territory.

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