Information on biosecurity planning for LPA & JBAS

If you're feeling confused by all the acronyms, dates and biosecurity plan templates, you're not alone! We're here to help you sort through the information and changes coming from Cattle Council of Australia, Animal Health Australia and Meat and Livestock Australia's Integrity Systems Company.

What’s new? 

  • The new national approach to Johne’s disease, Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (JBAS), is now in place.
  • Biosecurity and animal welfare modules will be included in Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) from 1 October 2017.
  • A farm biosecurity plan is required as part of these changes.

What does it mean? 

LPA - Livestock Production Assurance

From 1 October 2017 two new modules will be included in LPA accreditation: on-farm biosecurity and animal welfare practices.

  • Producers should have a biosecurity plan in place for 1 October 2017 when the new LPA standards will be introduced. It will be required if audited from 1 October 2017 onward.
  • When their next LPA renewal is due, producers will need to complete a short assessment and pay a $60 plus GST fee. From then on, producer will be required to renew their LPA accreditation every three years.
  • Online learning modules will be available to help producers understand their obligations, with paper versions available if needed.
  • Free electronic LPA National Vendor Declarations (LPA eNVDs) will be available as part of the changes.

JBAS – Johne’s Beef Assurance Score

JBAS is a voluntary, market driven risk assessment tool implemented by industry through Cattle Council Australia and Animal Health Australia. The J-BAS system uses scores from 0 to 8 to assess risk of exposure and management of Johne’s disease.

  • The default position for any producer after 30 June 2017 is JBAS 6, unless they have had a Johne's disease infection in the last 5 years in which case they should self-assess their JBAS.
  • Producers who held a transition score 7 or 8 can retain a score 7 by having a vet certified biosecurity plan and undertaking a check test with clear results by 1st July 2018.
  • A biosecurity plan that includes Johne’s disease specific practices is required for a JBAS 2 or higher. The same template can be used for LPA renewal; however the Johne’s disease section is optional for LPA.
  • A minimum JBAS is required for cattle travelling to WA or the NT.


Where do I go for more information?

About the Livestock Production Assurance program or contact MLA at or 1800 683 111
Everything you need to know about JD in cattle or contact Cattle Council of Australia at or 02 6269 5600
Download a Biosecurity plan template and read more about biosecurity planning on the Livestock Biosecurity Network website.

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions.