Back to Research & Development

Report Detail Page

Electronic National Vendor Declaration (eNVD) system trials

Australia's enviable reputation as a producer of safe, high quality red meat is supported by a system that proves the integrity of our product. Central to this system is the National Vendor Declaration which communicates the food safety status of every animal every time it moves from one property to another, to processors, or to saleyards.

Paper-based NVDs have been in use since the 1990s. Technological advances have now allowed for the development of a fully electronic NVD (eNVD) system as an alternative to the paper-based NVD.

The benefits of the eNVD include the removal of costs associated with the reprocessing of paper-based NVDs through the supply chain, and increased accuracy and accessibility of NVD information. Producers will find completing the eNVD easier and faster, saving time and reducing the potential for errors when livestock are being moved.

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), in partnership with a number of software companies, has been conducting field trials to assess the effectiveness of the eNVD system in practice, identify necessary enhancements and determine a roll-out strategy based on lessons learned from the trials.

The trials have so far demonstrated successful transfer of information via the central NLIS platform and have encouraged software integrators to find solutions for managing the entry of eNVDs with limited or no internet connectivity. The trials have also helped to identify some key areas for enhancement, correction and further trials prior to a staged, national roll-out. System refinements are under way to address these enhancements and, pending final SAFEMEAT approval, a progressive implementation of eNVDs for commercial use is planned from July 2016.


Title Size Date published
340.6KB 31/05/2016
943.0KB 31/05/2016


Contract No. Title Start date End date Funding type
Aglive eNVD software development (stage 2 upgrade)
15/08/2015 27/04/2016
eNVD Nolan Meats software development
30/09/2015 28/04/2016

This page was last updated on 19/09/2018