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:


Secretariat services for Antimicrobial Stewardship Research, Development, and Extension Strategy

The Animal Industry Antimicrobial Stewardship Strategy has been developed primarily to meet the needs of Australia’s food animal industries, but will also benefit the implementation of Australia’s National AMR Strategy. Applications to the tender should focus on the following specific ToR:

  1. Establishing and supporting the Strategy steering committee
  2. Facilitating the operation of the Strategy
  3. Supporting the Australian Veterinary Antimicrobial Stewardship conference organising committee

Terms of Reference

Proposals and quotation should be submitted electronically to ccooper@mla.com.au by 5 pm (AEST) on Monday 9th December 2019.

For further information on the project, please contact:

Ian Jenson
Program Manager – Market Access Science and Technology
Phone: 0408 602 903
Email: ijenson@mla.com.au


Technical field officers for shelf life and cold chain management trials

Shelf life of fresh red meat can be affected by several factors, such as plant hygiene, processing protocols, packaging atmosphere and supply chain temperature. The University of Tasmania funded by MLA, developed a model to predict the effect of storage temperature on the shelf life of vacuum packed (VP) beef and lamb primals.

MLA is seeking to engage a number of contractors in different parts of Australia to engage with processors and exporters on cold chain management. In additional to other work which may be required.

Proposal template

Terms of Reference

Full applications must be received by 5 pm (AEST) on Wednesday 18 December.

For more information, please contact:

Long Huynh
Email: lhuynh@mla.com.au


Applicability of supply chain integrity devices: incentivising cooperation

MLA’s Rural R&D for Profit Insights2Innovation project identified “Food without Fear” as being an important global concern. The supply chain is often complicated, and supply chain participants are unclear about how to implement a traceability system, who generates value from this and therefore if it is ‘worthwhile’. For a traceability system to work effectively and mitigate the risk of intentional and unintentional traceability compromises, the supply chain partners need to be appropriately incentivised to participate. Furthermore, it can be difficult to identify which are the most promising products and markets (or market segments) where value can be derived from implementing an integrity system for various attributes.

Ultimately, industry needs to have an approach to protecting its reputation and status in market at a profit, which, in part, involves providing the level of assurance that the consumer needs and expects. Using 3-4 supply chains as case studies, this project will investigate where and with whom consumer trust resides.

Terms of Reference

Full proposal template

Full applications must be received by 5 pm (AEST) Friday 20 Dec 2019.

Please note that the timing for this project is non-negotiable due to other activities depending on the outcomes of this project.

For more information, please contact:

Julie Petty
Project Manager, Food Innovation and Integrity
Phone: 0411 680 516
Email: jpetty@mla.com.au 


Applicability of supply chain integrity devices: optimal markets and products to increase value

MLA’s Rural R&D for Profit Insights2Innovation project identified “Food without Fear” as being an important global concern. Consumers in all markets have limited methods to judge the integrity of the products they consume. Adding to confusion, the supply chain is often complicated, and supply chain participants are unclear about how to implement a traceability system, who generates value from this and therefore if it is ‘worthwhile’. For a traceability system to work effectively and mitigate the risk of intentional and unintentional traceability compromises, the supply chain partners need to be appropriately incentivised to participate. Furthermore, it can be difficult to identify which are the most promising products and markets (or market segments) where value can be derived from implementing an integrity system for various attributes.

In this initial project phase, a review of marketing literature and models is requested noting how the reviewed information can be applied to supply chains addressing the knowledge gaps listed below.

  • Which are the most promising products and markets (or market segments) where value can be derived from implementing an integrity system for various attributes
  • Develop a matrix/heuristic for processors/exporters to use to identify products and market opportunities where value may be derived

Terms of Reference

Full proposal template

Full applications must be received by 5 pm (AEST) Friday 20 Dec 2019.

Please note that the timing for this project is non-negotiable due to other activities depending on the outcomes of this project.

For more information, please contact:

Julie Petty
Project Manager, Food Innovation and Integrity
Phone: 0411 680 516
Email: jpetty@mla.com.au

This Terms of Reference (TOR) is to call for a review into best practice management of ewe’s pre-joining and during gestation whilst in containment areas. Applicants should note that this review TOR specifically excludes the management of lambing ewes in containment areas.


Optimising ewe reproductive performance in containment areas

This Terms of Reference (ToR) is to call for a review into best practice management of ewe’s pre-joining and during gestation whilst in containment areas. Applicants should note that this review ToR specifically excludes the management of lambing ewes in containment areas.

Applications to the tender should focus on the following specific ToR:

  1. Optimising reproductive performance (joining and gestation) in containment areas. This should include a focus on ewe health and welfare outcomes.
  2. Optimised feeding strategies for pregnant ewes in containment areas. This should include consideration of supplementation regimes and ewe body condition score management.

Terms of Reference

Proposals and quotation should be submitted electronically to jgebbels@mla.com.au by 5 pm (AEST) on Monday 13th January 2020.

For further information on the project, please contact:

Joe Gebbels
Manager – Sheep Research & Development
Phone: 0407 002 928
Email: jgebbels@mla.com.au

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