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Government Industry Agreement (GIA) 

GIA operates as a partnership between primary industry and government to manage pests and diseases that could badly damage New Zealand's primary industries, economy, and environment.

Under GIA, Signatories share the decision-making, responsibilities and costs of preparing for – and responding to – biosecurity incursions. By working in partnership, industry and government can achieve better biosecurity outcomes.

Find out more about GIA or how to become a GIA Signatory.



The GIA Secretariat is hiring – play your part protecting New Zealand’s vital primary sector

Two great job opportunities have come up in the GIA Secretariat, please let us know if you’re interested, or pass this message on to anyone you know who has what we’re looking for.

Business Manager, GIA Operations Limited (GOL)

As our new Business Manager, you will provide financial leadership and corporate support across a wide range of activities in the GIA partnership.  You will be managing our forecasting, budgeting, cashflow, tax, procurement and reporting, along with our company administration and compliance requirements. On top of that you will have a key role assisting with the running of GIA’s governance environment, advising boards and facilitating the development and documentation of operational policies and procedures.

A copy of the Business Manager job description is available here

Programme Advisor, GIA Operations Limited (GOL)

As Programme Advisor you will be leading work across a range of primary sector governance bodies as their programme lead. You will support the delivery of work programmes within the GIA partnership, including (but not limited to) for the Plant Biosecurity Council, the Livestock Sector Biosecurity Council, the Fruit Fly Council and the BMSB Council. Work is varied and includes delivery of work programmes, engaging with council members, negotiating commercial agreements, and leading discussion with councils and vendors/suppliers.

A copy of the Programme Advisor job description is available here

How to Apply

Send a cover letter letting us know why you fit what we’re looking for, along with a copy of your CV, to by 5.00pm Thursday 11 March 2021.

If you have any questions about the role, please also email them to 


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