Livestock Production Assurance

Livestock Production Assurance (LPA)

LPA focuses on food safety management, which considers five key areas of compliance, each with a food safety outcome aimed at ensuring meat from cattle, sheep and goat is fit for human consumption.


The five areas of compliance are:   

Property risk assessments 
Producer responsibility: To minimise the risk of livestock being exposed to sites that are unacceptably contaminated with persistent chemicals.   

Safe and responsible animal treatments
Producer responsibility: To ensure animal treatments are administered in a safe and responsible manner that minimises the risk of chemical residues and physical hazards.   

Stock foods, fodder crops, grain and pasture treatments
Producer responsibility: To minimise exposure of livestock to foods containing unacceptable chemical contamination and guarantee livestock are not fed animal products.   

Preparation for dispatch of livestock
Producer responsibility: To ensure livestock are fit for transport and minimise the risk of stress and contamination of livestock during assembly and transport.   

Livestock transactions and movements
Producer responsibility: To ensure traceability requirements, with respect to treatments or exposure to food safety hazards, have been fulfilled for all livestock movements - between farms and feedlots, and including to slaughter and live export. 

LPA enables farmers to back up the claims they’ve made regarding livestock history.  This history must be transferred through the chain, to the end consumer so that they can be confident in the safety and quality of their red meat.   

National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS)

The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) is Australia's system for identification and traceability of beef, sheep and goat meat.

It was introduced in 1999 to meet European Union requirements for meat export. Since then it has expanded to enable all cattle, sheep and goats to be traced from property of birth to slaughter for:

  • Product integrity
  • Meat safety
  • Biosecurity
  • Market access

NLIS is underpinned by State and Territory legislation, which requires participation from all farmers moving animals off their farms to assist in the traceability of livestock. 

National Feedlot Accreditation scheme (NFAS)

The cattle feedlot industry considers that effective management of environmental, animal welfare and food safety issues is not only essential for sustainable agricultural production but ensures the sustainability of farming for future generations.  These issues are managed through the industry’s quality assurance program, the National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme (NFAS).  This scheme was the first agriculturally based quality assurance scheme implemented in Australia and was developed to ensure that every accredited feedlot met legislative requirements and exceeded community expectations. 

It is managed by state Governments and industry representatives and is recognised under various state legislations. Under the scheme, feedlots are independently audited each year to ensure compliance with environment, food safety, product integrity and animal welfare legislation.