Review of the Plan
Under the Biosecurity Act, a review of the national TB plan was required to be completed by 1 July 2016. This included defining a sustainable funding arrangement that would be agreed between the Government and industry partners. The review commenced in 2015 and was overseen by a consultative committee, the Plan Governance Group (PGG) comprising representatives of funding organisations, OSPRI, and wider stakeholder interests. Consultation on the proposed changes to the TB Plan was conducted with farmers, local communities, and other stakeholders in June and July in 2015.
The new TB Plan was formally approved by Government in June 2016. The result of this process is a plan endorsed by farmers, industry and central Government that provides a nationally coordinated and long-term approach to manage and eventually eradicate TB from New Zealand.
The key objectives of the new TB Plan are the biological eradication of TB from New Zealand by 2055, with TB freedom in livestock by 2026 and ‘statistical freedom’ in possums (i.e. high confidence the disease is gone) by 2040. Two important aspects of the new plan will see the introduction of more targeted approaches to TB testing and pest control. Therefore a major focus for OSPRI has been ensuring key stakeholders understand the implications of the new funding model, the key policies of the new plan and importantly the timeline for change.
To find out more about the review see the plan review website.