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New ‘one stop shop’ for MLA products and services

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New ‘one stop shop’ for MLA products and services

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has today launched a new online catalogue of its products and services that red meat producers and stakeholders can access from one easy location within the myMLA online platform.

The launch of the catalogue coincides with the conclusion of MLA’s Accelerated Adoption Initiative (AAI) and groups MLA’s products and services in user friendly bundles to enable stakeholders to have quick and easy access to what is relevant to them.

It also showcases promotions that MLA is offering, including discounts on several regionally relevant events for MLA members.

MLA Managing Director, Jason Strong, said the new catalogue provides important access for the red meat industry to crucial products and services that enhance producer adoption and build industry prosperity.

“The red meat industry is in fantastic shape, and we are seeing a renewed commitment to delivering transformational change, which comes off the back of unprecedented natural disasters and global challenges,” Mr Strong said.

“If we are to remain world leaders and set ourselves up for the future, we must continue to focus on our adoption efforts, including through the use of available services and tools. With MLA’s AAI now concluded, we have been looking at how we can further bolster our efforts in supporting producers.

“The new online catalogue is free to access through the existing myMLA platform. It is practical, easy to use and will help producers to get on with what they do best – producing some of the finest red meat in the world.”

Accelerated Adoption Initiative draws to a close

Costs for several MLA products and services will be re-introduced from 1 July, following the conclusion of AAI, which was launched in November 2019 with the aim of providing a temporary relief for costs incurred for the delivery of key MLA and Integrity Systems Company (ISC) products and services.

“AAI has been an important program helping facilitate adoption of MLA products and services, but also aiding producers to get back on their feet following the worst conditions ever experienced by Australian agriculture,” Mr Strong said.

“The launch of AAI came at a time where red meat producers were facing severe hardship from drought and other natural disasters. We took the important decision to provide relief to producers through a program where key MLA products and services developed for levy payers would be free of charge until 30 June 2021.

“We are now taking the opportunity to review and refresh how MLA charges for key products and services moving forward and if they can be effectively packaged together to offer cost savings for producers while at the same time building adoption to facilitate practice change and build on-farm productivity.”

From today (1 July 2021), MLA and ISC will be reinstating fees for core integrity services.  Pricing will be:

  • Three-year LPA accreditation/reaccreditation fee ($90 + GST)
  • LPA NVD hard copy books ($55 + GST for 10 forms, $65 + GST for 20 forms)
  • A new combined LPA/MSA Vendor Declaration Book option will be available for MSA registered producers ($55 + GST for 10 LPA NVDs and 10 MSA declarations, $65 + GST for 20 LPA NVDs and 20 MSA declarations).
  • MLA members will receive a 50% discount for BeefUp forums, MeatUp forums and Livestock Advisor Updates.
  • As part of the enhanced MLA/ISC service offering, LPA accredited producers who choose to ‘Go digital with eNVDs’ will receive:
  • Unlimited access to free eNVDs (LPA NVDs, MSA vendor declarations and Animal Health Declarations)
  • $30 off their three-year LPA accreditation/reaccreditation fee
  • Customer support to get going with eNVDs.

ISC will continue to make available an LPA offline reaccreditation pack ($20 + GST) for those producers who are unable to complete their accreditation online.

As Mr Strong explains, the ‘Go digital with eNVDs’ promotion supports industry’s desire to drive greater digital adoption of NVDs and will encourage LPA participants to get on board with the digital option when they join the program or when completing their reaccreditation.

“Driving greater digital adoption of the eNVD is incredibly important,” Mr Strong said.

“eNVDs are free of charge, offer a faster and easier way to complete livestock consignments, is always on the latest version and gives producers the option to complete multiple forms entering the information once.

“There is a price increase for hard copy NVD books – the first in seven years. This incorporates increased expenses associated with hard copy books but also highlights why producers should make the switch to eNVDs.

“ISC is constantly reviewing and upgrading features of the eNVD to make it more user friendly with some exciting developments in the pipeline including complete offline capability and an improved PIC search functionality. In recent months we have seen a significant increase in the rate of eNVD adoption and it’s important we continue that trend.”

myMLA provides a single sign-on to NLIS, LPA, LDL, NVDs and MSA accounts, as well as a localised seven-day weather forecast, customised market information based on livestock species and location, and industry news and local events.

Red meat levy payers can sign up for free to become an MLA member.

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SUPPORT PACKAGE A GAME CHANGER FOR ECONOMIC RECOVERY

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SUPPORT PACKAGE A GAME CHANGER FOR ECONOMIC RECOVERY

SUPPORT PACKAGE A GAME CHANGER FOR ECONOMIC RECOVERY

A $500 million support package to revive the events and tourism industry across NSW will be a game changer that will turbo charge a post COVID economic recovery, according to the state’s peak business organisation, Business NSW.

Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced the package, which includes each adult being provided a $50 voucher to spend on accommodation anywhere in the State.

Business NSW has been telling Government since the start of the pandemic that different industries were being impacted in different ways, but the tourism, hospitality and events sector has been the hardest hit,” said Business NSW Regional Manager Jane Laverty

“What is particularly pleasing is this is not a Sydney centric package but recognises that all of NSW has a part to play in the economic recovery through regional events and tourism, with support for satellite CBD’s a cornerstone of this funding,” Jane Laverty said.

“Business will be delighted with the Event Saver Fund which allows for immediate financial support for organisers of events that are disrupted or cancelled due to a Public Health Order this summer. This will allow confidence in investment and employment without a fear of being left footing a huge bill.

“The exciting part about this support package is that it will actually encourage more business investment and drive a collaborative partnership between business and Government in securing events and once again making NSW the number one destination in the Asia Pacific region for both business and travel.

“What is crucial is the targeted approach the Government takes from here in deciding where the money is spent – this needs to be on a needs-based approach to ensure maximum return on investment.

“A united approach using insight from stakeholders on the ground will be crucial to ensuring this package delivers for all of NSW.

“Business NSW looks forward to working with the State Government in coming weeks on measures and support that will drive regional recovery,” Mrs Laverty said.

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NEW HARDSHIP PANEL TO PROVIDE MORE BUSINESSES WITH COVID-19 FINANCIAL SUPPORT

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Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope

NEW HARDSHIP PANEL TO PROVIDE MORE BUSINESSES WITH COVID-19 FINANCIAL SUPPORT

A new Hardship Review Panel has been established to consider financial support for businesses experiencing financial hardship that do not qualify for COVID-19 business support measures.

The panel will assess on a case-by-case basis businesses which did not meet the eligibility requirements for the 2021 COVID-19 Business Grant, Micro-business Grant and JobSaver payments.

Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope said the Review Panel would help those businesses experiencing genuine financial hardship that were previously ineligible for support payments and grants.
“COVID-19 has affected so many businesses in NSW and even though we have a number of support measures in place, there are still some businesses under severe financial strain that aren’t eligible for assistance for a number of reasons. We want to plug that gap as much as we can,” Mr Tudehope said.

The Review Panel will include representatives from Revenue NSW, NSW Treasury and Service NSW and will make recommendations on businesses’ eligibility for relevant support payments and grants.
It will consider a broad range of factors in determining whether a business has experienced financial hardship, with the Chief Commissioner of Revenue NSW to be ultimately responsible and make the final determination for applications.

“My message to small businesses is this – no matter what corner of the state you’re in, we will be there with you all the way as we navigate this global health pandemic,” Mr Tudehope said.

Factors that the hardship panel will consider include, for example, whether the business is an employer, in a highly impacted industry, in an LGA of concern or has unavoidable costs for which no other support is available.

Businesses will be back paid to the fortnight where they can demonstrate the required decline in turnover with the Panel. Hardship applications for JobSaver are now open with hardship COVID business grants and Micro-business grants to open later this month. See more here: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/covid-19-help-businesses/covid-19-business-support-hardship-review.

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ROADMAP GIVES CERTAINTY TO BUSINESS

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ROADMAP GIVES CERTAINTY TO BUSINESS

The state’s peak business organisation, Business NSW says confirmation of the three phases of reopening for NSW is a positive step that will provide much needed certainty to business.
The Government has announced rules which will determine what can and can’t happen as the population reaches 70 and 80% double vaccination rates, as well as when liberties apply to all residents, irrespective of vaccination status.
“It’s been an uncertain time for many businesses with lots of confusion about which businesses will be able to open and under what rules,” said Business NSW Regional Manager Jane Laverty.
“The release of the Public Health Orders in coming days will reconfirm that the onus will be on individuals to do the right thing and abide by the rules,” Mrs Laverty said.
“Business owners can’t be expected to also act as security guards, so long as they have a COVIDSafe plan and appropriate registration in place at their entry, they can get on with the business of being in business.
“The Premier has confirmed that 11 October is the day we will likely reopen at 70% double vaccination rate, which we are calling #backtobusiness day, because it will be a real celebration of being able to visit our favourite businesses again and to celebrate what we’ve missed over the past few months.
“A number of greater freedoms will come into place at the 80% double vaccination rate, which on current trends could be as soon as 25 October.
“Businesses will be able to operate under a one person per four square metre rule, with certain caps in place on numbers, depending on the type of industry and whether customers are gathering inside our outdoors.
“It won’t be until 1 December that vaccination status is not a factor – meaning businesses will be able to operate under a one person per 2 square metre rule, as opposed to one person per 4 square metres up until then.
“This is an important step for the business recovery in NSW, as the state looks to bounce back as quickly as possible from the ravages of the pandemic,” Mrs Laverty said.

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