Government Industry Agreement (GIA)
Biosecurity is acknowledged by most New Zealand primary industries as one of the biggest business risks they face.
Given the importance of the primary sector to New Zealand’s economy, a major biosecurity incursion could have a significant impact across New Zealand. In the 2011 financial year the primary sector accounted for more than 12 per cent of our gross domestic product (GDP) and generated around $31.5 billion or 70 per cent of our merchandise export earnings.
As New Zealand trade and tourism continues to grow and open up, biosecurity risks and the size of the readiness and response tasks are increasing, not decreasing.
Biosecurity risk management is a major logistical and financial investment, but this risk needs to be managed because a pest or disease incursion has the potential to devastate an industry.
It is now widely accepted that industry and government can achieve better outcomes by working in partnership. The expertise, capability, time and resources of our industries can only improve biosecurity planning, decision making and management at all levels.
GIA is a new approach to managing biosecurity risks. It is an integrated approach to prepare for and effectively respond to biosecurity risks through partnerships between government and industry.
The GIA Deed:
The GIA Deed is the foundation document of the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response. Industry organisations must sign the Deed to be party to GIA.
Operational Agreements provide for joint decision-making and investment between Deed Signatories in order to achieve specific outcomes for enhanced readiness and response.
Financial Arrangements under GIA:
GIA introduces cost-sharing between Government and Industry for certain costs related to readiness and response activities. This section provides guidance and information related to the financial arrangements under GIA, including cost sharing and transitional discounts.
Readiness cost sharing commences from July 2014, with transitional discounts applying until June 2020. Response cost sharing commences from July 2017, with funding transition applying from July 2017 to June 2023. Minimum commitments are not eligible for cost sharing.