Government Industry Agreement
The Government Industry Agreement is a partnership between industry groups and the government to improve biosecurity in New Zealand.
About the agreement
The Government Industry Agreement (GIA) brings government and industry groups together to manage pests and diseases that could badly damage New Zealand's primary industries, economy, and environment.
The GIA's central idea is that industry and government will achieve better biosecurity outcomes by working together.
Signatories share the decision-making, responsibilities and costs of preparing for – and responding to – biosecurity incursions.
What does the GIA do?
The GIA works to improve biosecurity readiness and response through:
- joint decision making and cost sharing in managing biosecurity threats
- targeted programmes for specific industries
- setting up working groups to respond to specific threats
- sharing information about the biosecurity system
- holding open forums to improve the biosecurity system as a whole.
The 2015 Queensland fruit fly response in Auckland is one example of how the GIA works in practice. GIA signatories Kiwifruit Vine Health and Pipfruit NZ were able to work alongside MPI to:
- decide how to respond to the incursion
- provide resources and technical support to their members.
Operational agreements important for success
Operational agreements between signatories are an important part of the GIA framework. Industry groups can choose to sign agreements with MPI, committing to specific biosecurity activities and cost sharing to minimise the threat from a particular pest. These commitments are binding on signatories.
The GIA is made up of MPI and primary industry organisations. Membership is voluntary, but industry organisations must meet the eligibility requirements.
Besides MPI, signatories are:
- Kiwifruit Vine Health
- Pipfruit New Zealand
- New Zealand Pork
- New Zealand Equine Health Association
- Onions New Zealand
- New Zealand Forest Owners Association
- New Zealand Avocado Growers' Association
- New Zealand Citrus Growers Inc.
- NZ KiwiBerry Growers Inc.
- TomatoesNZ Inc.
- Vegetables New Zealand Inc.
- Potatoes New Zealand.
The GIA is administered by an independent body, the GIA Secretariat.
Why partners get involved
The GIA offers primary industry organisations a direct say in managing the biosecurity risks to their members. It gives industry bodies a formal role, alongside MPI, in making decisions about biosecurity readiness and response activities, and what can be done to help prevent biosecurity threats reaching our shores or getting past the border.
The GIA website has information about eligibility and membership requirements.
The principles of the partnership between MPI and industry groups, along with signatories' rights, legal obligations and responsibilities, are set down in the Biosecurity Act 1993, and the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response Deed.
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Who to contact
If you have questions about the GIA, email firstname.lastname@example.org.