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National BJD Strategic Plan Review

This page provides information on the BJD Review process, which has now concluded. The new JD in cattle Framework has been released and is in the implementation phase. Further information can be accessed here.

BJD – Where to from here?

The Bovine Johne’s Disease (BJD) Steering Committee requested that Animal Health Australia (AHA) bring forward a planned review of the National BJD Strategic Plan to as early as possible in 2015. A mid-term review was originally scheduled for the 2015-16 financial year.

As a result of this request AHA ensured the review would be undertaken in a manner that allowed for all parties (including industry, government and community) to provide input into how Australia was going to manage BJD into the future.

With this in mind, AHA organised an independent facilitator to bring together the views of all interested parties. Working with a cross-section of the parties, the facilitator developed an approach which was made available for public comment. Responses were incorporated where appropriate and a further round of consultation followed. An iterative process like this allowed for a wide range of views to be considered and broad consultation to take place. This process took a number of months, with implementation of the resulting revised program occurring by July 2016.

The review process

The review process enabled multiple opportunities to provide input into how the Australian cattle industry (beef, dairy and feedlot) and governments would work with BJD into the future. It incorporated the following steps:

  • National forum– what do we know? What is needed? Provision of initial submissions
  • Think tank– proposed a way forward
  • Public consultation– submissions from community, industry and government on proposed way forward
  • Review of submissions– where appropriate, submissions included into a reviewed proposal
  • Public consultation– submissions from community, industry and government on second draft of way forward
  • Finalisation– Way forward presented to the BJD Steering Committee and made public
  • Final sign-off and Implementation– as required

National Forum: BJD – Where to from here?

A one-day forum was held on Monday 16 February 2015 at the Rydges International Airport Hotel, Sydney. 108 community, industry, government, and research stakeholders interested in the future of BJD mechanisms in Australia attended.

The forum looked at what we know:

  • Diagnostics – now and the future
  • Trade implications
  • B, C and S strains – what does this mean?
  • Economics of various control measures
  • Vaccination – does it work?

And then, an open facilitated discussion identified areas of concern and the strengths of the project.

Forum Submissions: Prior to the forum, submissions were sought and received from interested parties. The submissions can be found here and were provided to participants of the forum via email.

Forum Summary: A summary of the forum was provided for further reference. It includes a copy of the presentations and associated papers as well as the outcomes of the facilitated discussion.

The Think Tank

The day after the forum (Tuesday 17 February 2015) brought together a group of industry and government personnel (the Reference Panel) with a view to coalesce the thoughts of the forum participants. The statements made in the submissions provided for the forum, set a path for the review process.

The Reference Panel was comprised of representatives of:

  • Cattle Council of Australia (D Lovelock, J Toohey, C Wallace-Smith)
  • Australian Dairy Farmers (D Losberg)
  • Meat and Livestock Australia (J Schroder)
  • Dairy Australia (R Condron)
  • Australian Registered Cattle Breeders Association (A McDonald)
  • Australian Lot Feeders Association (B Peachey)
  • Australian Chief Veterinary Officer (M Schipp)
  • Chief Veterinary Officers of states/territories (M Anderson, R Andrewartha, A Crook, C Milne, R Paskin)
  • Australian Cattle Veterinarians Association (D Beggs)

Consultation – Round One

Discussion Paper: As a result of the discussions held at the National Forum and by the Reference Panel the first discussion paper was drafted and distributed to all known interested parties (forum participants, providers of submissions and reference panel members) and placed on this webpage.

Submissions Received: Submissions were sought and received from community, industry and government on the first discussion paper. The submissions can be found here.

Review of submissions: The Reference Panel then met in Brisbane (‘The Space’ DPI Offices, 80 Ann St) on the 15 May 2015. Interested parties were invited to attend an open session where the Discussion Paper and submissions were discussed.

Consultation – Round Two

Discussion Paper: This discussion paper picked up on the outcomes of the Reference Panel’s last meeting and started to provide a way for dealing with BJD into the future. It started to explore some of the implications and provided an approach for implementation.

Submissions Received: Submissions were sought and received from community, industry and government on the second discussion paper. The submissions can be found here.

Reference Panel Meeting: The Reference Panel then met on two occasions: in Melbourne on the 21 July and in Perth on the 11 August, 2015. Subsequent to these meetings more submissions were received (which can be found here).

The Reference Panel met on the 29 & 30 September 2015 to discuss the implementation of management practices for BJD into the future, for the development of the Framework Document. The Panel drew on the numerous submissions made and the discussions held with stakeholders during the review process.

Framework Document

The Framework Document succinctly provided a national approach to how Australia would manage BJD into the future. It represented the deliberations of the Australian, state/territory governments and cattle industries. It has taken into account the numerous submissions made over the consultation process and discussions arising from the three fora.

The Framework Document (which can be found here) was presented for public consultation.

46 interested parties have provided written comment on the Framework Document to Animal Health Australia. The submissions can be found here.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Question Answer
Why is AHA co-ordinating this process? AHA has been asked by the funding partners to co-ordinate the process. AHA is acting as the organiser and is not undertaking the review. AHA has engaged an independent facilitator who will draw out the views of the attendees and others and present a draft proposal to the public for their comment.
Did the Independent Facilitator act alone in drawing together the draft proposal? No. A Reference Panel was formed to assist the Independent Facilitator. The Panel comprised a wide range of expertise including policy development, production, technical and regulatory knowledge, veterinary experience and R&D practices.
What were the terms of reference for this review and who set them? The terms of reference for this review were set by the National BJD Steering Committee. The terms of reference can be found below.
Why did the terms of reference only look to the future? While it’s important to be informed by the past, this was a time for looking ahead. The terms of reference for this review are focused on the future of BJD in Australia.

Review Terms of Reference

In meeting the purpose of this review, the following Terms of Reference were addressed:

  1. Consider the:
    1. effectiveness of current policies in controlling the disease at the individual farm and national level
    2. impact of the disease on individual farm production and access to domestic and international markets
    3. potential risks of product contamination and the access to international markets
  2. Identify:
    1. research developments that can be better utilised in the control of BJD
    2. the progress of biosecurity, quality assurance and product verification systems that could be applied to the control and management of BJD
    3. the role of industry organisations and state and federal governments in any future program.
  3. Develop a framework for a future BJD program if deemed appropriate.

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Page reviewed: 28/07/2016