Ovine Johne’s Disease in Australia

National Ovine Johne’s Disease Management Plan 2013–2018

Funded and driven by industry, Australia’s National OJD Management Plan 2013–18 iwas the culmination of extended consultations between Sheep Producers Australia Australia (SPA), WoolProducers Australia (WPA), state departments of primary industry and other stakeholders in 2012-13.

Australia’s National OJD Management Plan 2013–18 has two main objectives:

  • To minimise the risk of infection by the bacteria spreading to properties and regions that currently appear to be disease free.
  • To reduce the financial impact and adverse animal health and welfare effects of the disease on individual flocks, and on the sheep industry as a whole.

The current OJD management plan and information about managing OJD and its spread are available on the OJD website, managed by AHA on behalf of both SPA and WPA.

Review of the National OJD Management Plan

Commencing 29 January 2018, WPA and SPA are seeking input from the sheep and wool industry on the future management of OJD in Australia.

A Discussion Paper – Future Management of OJD has been developed to seek feedback on the NOJDMP, and more specifically on the tools and elements that underpin the NOJDMP.

The feedback from this review will be used to determine if there is a need for a national framework for the management of OJD in Australia, as well as identifying if there is a need to refine current management strategies.

You can take the feedback survey here, or make a written submission (see discussion paper).


Frequently Asked Questions

It is a national management plan for OJD, developed by the sheep industries in 2012-13. Its objectives are:

  • To minimise the risk of infection by the bacteria spreading to properties and regions that currently appear to be disease free.
  • To reduce the financial impact and adverse animal health and welfare effects of the disease on individual flocks, and on the sheep industry as a whole.

The NOJDMP ceases in 2018. A decision on the future of the plan can only be made following consultation with all stakeholders.

Anyone with an interest in the management of OJD in Australia.

Part of the consultation process involves getting the message out to all industry groups and as many producers as possible, to ensure anyone that has an interest is able to either complete a survey or submit their own submission.

The consultation process is a public one with the net cast as wide as possible through direct messaging of organisations and notices through several media channels.

A Discussion paper has been prepared and opportunities for an on-line survey or for written submissions

  • An online survey is the preferred method of receiving your feedback. This is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ojdplan
  • Written submissions addressing the above questions and/or comments may be provided by email to:


Please include OJD Review discussion paper’ in the email title. All material submitted will be acknowledged.

  • Alternatively send by post to:

OJD Discussion Paper

AgSTAR Projects

PO Box 384

Coonabarabran NSW, 2357

The consultant will collate all the responses.

What can be incorporated into the future management of the disease will depend on the feedback from industry participants about the requirement of any future plan, and the workings of the tools that are in place to manage the disease.

The future of OJD management from a national perspective will be determined based on the feedback from stakeholders during consultation, therefore the future management is up to you! Check out the discussion paper and then provide your feedback.

Visit the Animal Health Australia website (see www.animalhealthaustralia.com.au/ojd-review/)

Or if you require a hard copy of the discussion paper to be posted to you, please contact AgSTAR Projects on: 0411961545

The next steps in the process will depend greatly on the feedback given in the consultation. Further consultation will be considered if feedback does not give clear direction on a particular aspect of the plan or clarification is needed regarding the tools used to manage the disease.


We cannot assess when the results will be released, as the feedback may require clarification from those who have made submissions. As the plan is due to cease this year, we will have to ensure that the process is concluded as soon as possible to ensure that adequate notice is given of any changes that are made.

The Australian Johne’s Disease Market Assurance Programs for sheep (SheepMAP) is a voluntary program for producers which enable them to identify and promote their monitored negative Johne’s disease status to their clients.

Consultation about SheepMAP is currently occurring and the program will be reviewed, based on this consultation. If you are interested in participating please contact Joe Lane, phone: 0415 269 934 or email: Joe.Lane@ghd.com

Yes. A more in depth review is occurring for SheepMAP as it is considered an important tool in the NOJDMP.

The University of Sydney is conducting a survey for producers to help researchers investigating the effectiveness of the Gudair vaccine for OJD and why it varies on different properties.

This is independent of the NOJDMP Review. Producers interested in participating in this review can do so at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/GGZSBJD

Regional Biosecurity Plans (RBPs) can play an important role in preventing the spread of diseases such as OJD.

The NOJDMP recognises that producers have the responsibility to manage risk for all animal health diseases. The policy is built around risk-management – that is, individuals implementing animal health controls and good farm biosecurity practices, and making informed choices when buying livestock. The strength of these systems is enhanced when producers work together as a collective.

Participation in RBPs is voluntary for all producers, except in South Australia where the whole state is a RBP.

Feedback on RBPs is being sought in the review but they will still be able to continue operating, regardless of the results of the review.

OJD is only regulated in South Australia where the control program is funded by state industry. OJD is notifiable in all other states, however there is no regulation regarding the management of OJD at a property level.

Each state/territory has the authority to regulate for diseases and this consultation is not about influencing those state-based responsibilities. This is a review of the national OJD management plan and the tools available to manage OJD and the input we need all stakeholders to have in these areas.

This consultation is unlikely to have an impact on any of the OJD management tools that your enterprise may currently use. The feedback will be used to assist industry to make a decision on the future of management of OJD from a national perspective.

Any decisions following the review will be made by the Boards of Sheep Producers Australia and WoolProducers Australia, with the any changes in direction of the National Management Plan managed through Animal Health Australia.

Refer to the discussion paper and www.ojd.com.au