LPA is the Australian livestock industry’s on-farm assurance program, covering food safety, animal welfare and biosecurity. LPA provides evidence of how you manage your farm and animals and transfers this evidence along the value chain as livestock are bought and sold – from producers to processors and, eventually, our customers.
Access this page to find out more about the LPA program and how to meet LPA requirements, create farm records and LPA NVDs.
NLIS is Australia’s system for the identification and traceability of cattle, sheep and goats.
NLIS combines three elements to enable the lifetime traceability of animals:
- Livestock identified by a visual or electronic eartag/device
- Physical locations identified by a Property Identification Code (PIC)
- Livestock location data and movements recorded in a central database
Learn more about NLIS and understand your responsibilities.
The Livestock Data Link can help producers understand why their consignment did or did not comply with market requirements.
An LPA National Vendor Declaration (NVD) is a legal document that guarantees on-farm practices meet LPA requirements for food safety, animal welfare and biosecurity. LPA NVDs are required for all livestock movements, including property to property, through saleyards, direct to processors and feedlots, and to the live export trade.
Property Identification Codes (PICs), which every livestock producing property must have to be registered with LPA or NLIS.
Accurate records and systems are the foundation of the red meat integrity system. Producers need to keep records to demonstrate compliance with all integrity system requirements, including to support claims made on an LPA NVD. If you are selected for an LPA audit, your records will be reviewed by an auditor so it is important to make sure they are accurate and up-to-date.
LPA Learning is an online training tool which helps you to understand the seven LPA requirements. Producers have access to LPA Learning through their LPA account.
Once you’ve worked through the learning modules, you are ready to put the learning into practice and complete the LPA accreditation assessment. In this assessment, you’ll be asked a range of multiple-choice questions to test your understanding of LPA. This should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
The final step is to declare your commitment to abide by the LPA Rules and Standards. Once the fee is paid, an LPA accreditation certificate will be available for your records.
More information about LPA learning.
More information about LPA accreditation.
All LPA-accredited producers, from large scale operators to hobby farmers, may be audited to check how food safety, biosecurity and animal welfare is being managed on farm.
Sufficient records must be maintained to demonstrate that the seven LPA requirements are being met. Audits identify where practical on-farm improvements can be made to ensure consistency in food safety, product quality and animal welfare across the red meat industry.
It is a condition of accreditation that LPA properties agree to participate in the audit process. Your LPA accreditation can be withdrawn if you refuse to participate in an audit, which also means losing access to LPA NVDs.
More information about audits.
The NLIS combines three elements to enable the lifetime traceability of animals:
1. All livestock are identified by a visual or electronic eartag/device.
2. All physical locations are identified by means of a Property Identification Code (PIC)
3. All livestock location data and movements are recorded in a central database
A Property Identification Code (PIC) is an eight-character code allocated by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) or an equivalent authority in each state or territory to identify a livestock-producing property. Producers must have a PIC to move livestock on and off a property – it forms the basis of Australia’s food safety and traceability programs. There are differences between states and territories in how PICs are managed.
You can check with your state or territory department of agriculture that your property’s PIC is registered in your name.
It is essential you understand the specific landholder/livestock owner requirements for your state or territory.
Contact your relevant state/territory authority for more information.
Set-up a myMLA account at mymla.com.au so you can then set up your integrity system accounts.
More information on linking your accounts.
You can register for an LPA account through myMLA. Your LPA accreditation means you can access either the paper NVD or the faster, easier electronic NVD. Ensure your LPA NVDs are clear, complete and correct.
More information on Livestock Production Assurance (LPA).
Complete the LPA online learning modules through your LPA account or contact ISC for a printed copy.
Complete the LPA accreditation assessment through your LPA account and pay the accreditation fee.
You can set up a NLIS account through myMLA. Use the NLIS database to record livestock movements onto your PIC. If agents or third parties are completing database transfers for you, request an ‘upload ID’ for your records. Check that transfers off your PIC have been completed by the receivers of your livestock.
More information on National Livestock Identification System (NLIS).
Keep accurate records on-farm to demonstrate compliance with all integrity system requirements.
Livestock need to be identified with an NLIS-accredited tag or device (depending on your state’s requirements) before they leave your property.
More information on animal identification.
LPA accreditation needs to be renewed every three years - you will receive reminders from ISC.