Legal Requirements for OJD
Note Number: AG1128
Published: September 2003
Updated: January 2011
Ovine Johnes disease (OJD) is a notifiable disease.
Notification of OJD
The Livestock Disease Control Act (1994) designates certain diseases, including OJD, to be notifiable. This means that both confirmed and suspected cases of OJD must be reported to Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) animal health staff within 7 days of identification.
Persons responsible for notification can be: an owner, any custodian of livestock, a veterinarian, a meat inspector or meat processing facility operator, the owner of any land upon which stock are present, any knackery operator, stock agent, or any other person dealing with livestock or livestock products.
Sheep Health Statement
Although the SHS is not mandatory for sheep transactions within the state of Victoria, it is strongly recommended that this document is obtained prior to purchasing sheep. The SHS indicates the health status of the consignment sheep and will assist the purchaser to make an informed decision regarding the likelihood of buying OJD infected sheep.
It is an offence under the Stock (Seller Liability and Declarations) Act 1993 and other fair trading legislation for any person to make a false or misleading declaration on the Sheep Health Statement.
Sale of affected land
Section 32 of the Sale of Land Act 1962 requires vendors to provide details of any notice, order, declaration, report or recommendation of a public authority or government department that affects the land. Owners of infected or suspected of being infected flocks should seek legal advice regarding disclosure of their flock's OJD history if selling land.
For further information regarding the legal aspects of OJD, consult your legal adviser.
This note was developed by Fiona Dean. Sept 2003.
It was reviewed by Alison Lee, Biosecurity Victoria. January 2011.
Published and Authorised by:
Department of Environment and Primary Industries
1 Spring Street
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