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Current tenders

MLA is seeking applications from individuals, organisations or project teams with the expertise required to undertake one or more of the following projects:

ASEL 4.0 Review

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has flagged a review of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) will commence in 2024, with public consultation likely to be held in 2025. This presents an important opportunity to contribute scientific research, evidence, and technical advice to ensure the standards are best practice and evidence based.

The consultant will undertake literature reviews, data analysis (e.g. of the LIVEXCollect database), and consultation with industry stakeholders and technical experts to gather evidence and produce recommendations for addressing issues identified as important and relevant to industry, and likely to be included in the review.

Click here to download the Terms of Reference. Applications must be received by 5pm (AEDT) on Wednesday 24 April 2024 and should be submitted to Nick Baker via email at

For more information on specific tenders or research generally, contact Nick Baker, RD&E Manager on +61 2 9394 8613 or

Global review of livestock traceability systems

The Australian red meat integrity system includes the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS), the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program and the electronic National Vendor Declaration (eNVD). The integrity system combines livestock traceability with on-farm assurance to maintain the integrity and reputation of Australian red meat and underpins our market access by ensuring customer confidence in the red meat products we produce. 

Australia positioned itself as a global leader in livestock traceability systems following the introduction of the NLIS in 1999 and launch of the LPA program in 2004. The NLIS database is a vital asset for the red meat industry as a key enabler of red meat traceability, biosecurity and market access. In September 2023, the Australian Government announced a grant to Integrity Systems Company (ISC) to replace and enhance the NLIS database and its supporting systems. Alongside the grant project ISC is wanting to consider the broader global traceability context to better understand innovation in other countries and industries with regard to traceability systems and approaches.

Responses are to be sent to Gabrielle Sherring via email ( by 5pm (AEST) 18 April 2024.

Request for tender

A feasibility study into opportunities to capture additional value from Australian Lamb and Sheepmeat

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) seek a qualified service provider to conduct a feasibility study into the costs, benefits and potential threats to industry of implementing the MSA Sheepmeat cuts-based model in non-lamb sheepmeat. The study will also identify barriers and review opportunities to further develop processed sheepmeat and sheepmeat smallgoods.

Proposals must be received by MLA before 5:00p.m. AEDT Friday 3rd May 2024. All proposals must address the tender requirements and be submitted in MS Word electronically to MLA at

Request for tender

For more information, please contact:

Garry McAlister
Relationship Manager Value Chain
P: M: +61 437 803 179

Integrity Systems Company (ISC) – MDC Open Call

Integrity System Company (ISC) is working to support industry to fast track: 

  • a transition from paper consignments (NVDs) to digital (eNVD) consignments (paperless) adoption; and
  • sheep and goat EID adoption. 

ISC are calling for expressions of interest from commercial supply chain partners, State Departments and other industry partners to co-fund programs of work under the following opportunities. 

Opportunity 1: Digital Consignment (eNVD) implementation and adoption 

ISC is seeking project proposals from commercial parties e.g. processors, saleyards, transport companies, livestock agencies and their software providers, who are interested in fast-tracking implementation and adoption of digital NVDs in their business and red meat supply chain. Projects must work with their business and supply chain to fast-track implementation of the systems, processes, culture and capabilities to take advantage of eNVDs benefits. Projects must make an attributable contribution to increasing the percentage of consignments that are digital i.e. a shift away from paper NVDs to operating with eNVDs. Projects will deliver end-to-end digitisation of NVDs in supply chains. 

Request for tender

For more information contact Renelle Jeffrey, Program Manager Digital Adoption via email at 

Proposals must be received by 5pm (AEDT) on Friday 5 April 2024 and should be submitted to Gabrielle Sherring via email at 

Opportunity 2: Sheep and Goat EID implementation and adoption 

ISC is seeking MDC applications from State Departments or other industry parties who are interested in assisting producers or supply chains with the adoption and implementation of sheep and goat EID on farm and across the supply chain. This project will also capture and validate the benefits of using sheep and goat EID on farm and along the supply chain. Projects will be required to support sheep and goat producers or the supply chain with the transition from visual identification to individual eID. 

Request for tender

For more information contact Elizabeth Bradley, Manager – Quality, Policy and Compliance via email at 

Applications must be received by 5pm (AEDT) on Friday 5 April 2024 and should be submitted to Verity Suttor via email at 

BREEDPLAN Advisory Committee – Expressions of Interest

The BREEDPLAN Executive Committee are seeking expressions of interest from breed association representatives to contribute to the direction of BREEDPLAN genetic evaluation system through the BREEDPLAN Advisory Committee.

Expression of interest

Discovery on Australian livestock transport sector’s uptake of eNVDs

Integrity Systems Company (ISC) invites interested parties to submit tenders by 5:00 pm on Friday 22 March 2024, to be considered for Discovery on Australia’s livestock transport sector’s uptake of eNVDs.

Electronic National Vendor declarations (eNVDs) can create convenience for livestock transporters and other supply chain stakeholders by removing need to carry paper and enabling early insight into consignments. However, the complexities of livestock journeys across Australia have revealed limitations to the extent the mobile app can be used to facilitate paperless digital consignments in the livestock transport sector. ISC is seeking to understand how paperless digital consignments can occur in the transport sector, with a focus on understanding and overcoming the challenges associated with complex livestock journeys.  ISC seeks to understand the scale and complexity of these livestock journeys, the implications for paperless digital consignments and how paperless digital consignments can be enabled either via the existing eNVD platform or alternative solutions.

Applications are to be sent as a Word document to Gabrielle Sherring

Request for tender

Evaluation of live animal objective measures using microwave technology for predicting quality and yield traits

MLA is seeking co-investment proposals from businesses to trial through early adoption an emerging live animal objective measurement technology, the Microwave scanning device. This device is a portable ultrawide band microwave developed by Murdoch University that in the prototype phase has demonstrated the ability to determine single site subcutaneous P8 and rib fat depth in live cattle, and GR tissue depth in sheep. MLA is interested in use-cases in beef, sheepmeat or goat supply chains.

Applications must be lodged electronically as a Word document to Jack Cook along with other requirements of this terms of reference.

Applications must be received by 5pm AEDT on Wednesday 31st January 2024.

Request for Tender

Application Form

For more information, please contact:

Jack Cook
MLA Project Officer
Phone: +61 (2) 9463 9127

Expressions of interest for delivering MLA’s BredWell FedWell program to producers

MLA is seeking expressions of interest for the delivery services of the BredWell FedWell (BWFW) program.

On the back of a decade of success, MLA’s BWFW workshop has been reviewed to align with the substantially evolved genetics and nutrition landscape so it meets the needs of producers wanting to improve productivity and profitability.

Schuster Consulting Group, the National Coordinator for MLA’s BredWell FedWell program, is calling for individuals wishing to deliver BredWell FedWell workshops. Train-the-trainer sessions will be held based on demand throughout 2023–2025.

Deliverers interested in participating in the program can register their interest to deliver here. Instructions and more information about the application process are found in the terms of reference document (Supporting documents Annex 2Annex 3). 

For further information please contact
Peter Schuster
BredWell FedWell National Coordinator
M: 0418 604 412