A safe and traceable supply chain

A safe and traceable supply chain

Australia is committed to maintaining the integrity of its red meat and livestock products. Stringent standards and systems are in place that protect product integrity. These operate under independently audited quality assurance programs. In recent years, the ability to trace products from their origin has been increasingly sought by domestic and international customers. Australia’s rigid systems ensure that the traceability of its red meat and livestock is fail proof.

SAFEMEAT ensures all supply chain stakeholders comply with these systems, which include:


Read about each of these below. 


The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) ensures that animals can be tracked as they are bought, sold and moved along the supply chain. Livestock must be tagged with an approved NLIS device before they leave a property, which allows the animal’s movements to be recorded on the national NLIS database. It is illegal to remove the NLIS tag.  

Lifetime traceability means that individual livestock can be traced from their property of birth until slaughter. Animal movements are recorded in a central, national database, which can provide a life history and discern if contact with other animals occurred.  

The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) is managed by Integrity Systems Company (ISC). ISC manages a system of on-farm assurance, animal identification and traceability programs, guaranteeing the integrity of Australia’s red meat industry from paddock to plate.  

Producers, feedlots, saleyards and abattoirs are responsible for updating the NLIS database with livestock movements. State and territory governments develop the legislation that underpins NLIS and monitor compliance with NLIS requirements.  

For information on meat labelling requirements in Australia, refer to the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) website or contact your state-based Meat Hygiene Authority.