As food producers, it is important that livestock farmers understand and implement the LPA requirements to help ensure food safety, animal welfare and biosecurity along the supply chain. To ensure this is the case, the LPA program is strengthening its processes for both accreditation and recommitment.
What is LPA accreditation?
Becoming accredited with LPA means that livestock producers agree to abide by the LPA Rules and Standards, including the seven elements 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.
This is a formal commitment to undertake specific on-farm practices that mean Australian red meat is safely and ethically produced. It is a guarantee that producers stand by what they sell.
How do producers check if their property is LPA accredited?
Use the accreditation search tool to check your LPA accrediation using your property identification number (PIC)
How do producers become accredited with LPA?
To become LPA accredited, register by your PIC by clicking here.
Producers seeking LPA accreditation for the first time are required to work through LPA on-line learning modules. They can find out more at www.mla.com.au/LPALearning The full course takes about one hour to complete. Once the course is complete, they need to do an online assessment.
Producers need to answer all questions correctly and agree to abide by the LPA requirements in order to achieve LPA accreditation. Since 1 October 2017, they will need to pay the LPA accreditation fee as a part of this process. Since 1 October 2017, LPA accredited producers seeking to renew their accreditation must also complete the assessment.
Does LPA accreditation need to be renewed?
Producers are required to keep their LPA accreditation current. This ensures their knowledge of program requirements is always up to date. Traditionally, producers have needed to recommit every 12 months. This is being changed to an accreditation renewal once every three years, from 1 October 2017.
How do producers renew their LPA accreditation?
Producers can log in to the LPA Service Centre and complete a short assessment to renew their accreditation. They will need to answer all questions correctly to have their LPA accreditation renewed. They will also have to agree to abide by the LPA program requirements and pay a fee. A flyer explaining this reaccreditation process is available here
How will producers know when it is time to renew their accreditation?
If an email address and mobile number is available on their LPA account they will be notified simultaneously by email and text message three months before it is time to renew their accreditation. Otherwise they will receive a letter in the post three months before it is time to renew their accrediation. Reaccredition renewal traditionally happened annually but is now only required once every three years.
How much is the accreditation fee?
The fee will be $60 (plus GST) over a three-year period. It will be a flat fee based on individual Property Identification Codes (PIC) and will be due every time a producer reaccredits (every three years). Where there are multiple LPA accredited producers operating on a single PIC, each accredited producer will be charged the fee. LPA eNVDs will be available free of charge to accredited producers.
How will the fee be collected?
The fee will be collected once every three years upon completion of the assessment, either via online payment or over the phone through the LPA Helpdesk – 1800 683 111.
Why is accreditation being charged now?
Industry, through the LPA Advisory Committee, has taken the decision to charge livestock producers for accreditation from October 2017. Accreditation lasts for three years. With eNVDs being made available at no cost to LPA accredited producers, industry needed to find an alternate, more secure funding model for the LPA program, which has historically been funded through the sale of NVD books and eDECs.
When do producers need to pay?
From 1 October 2017, producers need to pay the fee when:
- Renewing their LPA accreditation - once every three years
- Seeking LPA accreditation for a new PIC
- Seeking accreditation for the first time
Every accredited producer will be sent a reminder two months prior to their accreditation falling due. For some producers, this will not happen until 2019.
What happens if a producer does not complete their LPA accrediation and pay the fee?
In order to maintain your LPA accreditation, you are required to complete the online assessment and pay the fee every three years. Producers who are not accredited as part of the LPA program are unable to access the LPA NVD and some supply chains may not accept their livestock, or may pay a reduced price for it.
What happens if you withdraw from the LPA program?
If a producer chooses not to be accredited as part of the LPA program, by not completing or renewing their accreditation or withdraws from the program, they limit where they can sell livestock, particularly with processors who export red meat globally.
Withdrawing from the program means you will not longer have access to the benefits of the LPA program or access to purchase or use LPA NVD's. Without an LPA NVD your livestock may be rejected by a buyer or processor.
Each time livestock are bought, sold or moved off a property, the livestock consignment must be accompanied by a form of move documentation which differs between States. Usually the LPA National Vendor Declaration (LPA NVD) meets livestock movement requirements, but other forms of movement documentation (such as state/territory- based waybills or travelling stock statements) may be used. Check with your local Department of Agriculture to determine the animal movement documentation requirements in your state.
How can producers prepare for the accreditation assessment?
Producers should work through LPA Learning in preparation to ensure they understand all requirements of the program. New animal welfare and biosecurity practice modules will be available within LPA Learning from July 2017.
What is LPA Learning?
To ensure producers know their food safety responsibilities, MLA has produced LPA Learning an online course developed to assist livestock owners to better understand all practices required under LPA. The new online course takes around 60 minutes to complete and explains everything a producer needs to know about raising and transporting animals that produce safe red meat. For a preview, watch this short video.
LPA Learning covers all seven elements of the LPA program. Essential information on each LPA element is provided in an easy-to-follow, engaging format which includes questions to test each producer’s knowledge and reinforce learning along the way.
Producers can also access LPA Learning at any time through the MLA website as a practice prior to seeking accreditation or recommitment, or to test their own knowledge.
Completing LPA learning will give producers added confidence to stand by what they sell.
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