Levies process reform

The department is delivering a work program focused on improving how levies processes operate.

This work brings together a number of priority levies-related tasks, including:

  • exploring opportunities to improve the levy system based on feedback from stakeholder consultation
  • conducting  reviews of sunsetting legislative instruments
  • implementing the government response to the 2015 Senate inquiry on levies.

The scope of this work includes the legislative framework and processes associated with:

  • statutory research and development (R&D) levies
  • marketing levies
  • residue testing levies
  • biosecurity and emergency response levies.

On 23 September 2019 the Minister for Agriculture, the Hon Bridgette McKenzie MP, released a discussion paper to invite submissions regarding the Australian Government’s plan to improve and modernise the rural Research and Development Corporation (RDC) system to better focus on delivering benefits to producers and tax payers.

This work is separate to the Levies process reform project, although there are overlaps with regard to stakeholders.

Find out more about improvements to the RDC system.


The levy system is a partnership between government and industry. In 2017 the department sought feedback from industry stakeholders on a set of options aimed at increasing flexibility in levies processes. Feedback was positive and the department is now refining the options based on stakeholder views.

Further consultation will be important to ensuring the streamlining and modernising of the levies system benefits everyone involved. The department will be commencing a new round of consultation in the coming months to work with stakeholders.

While the timeline for consultation has not yet been confirmed, you can register your interest by contacting the Levies taskforce.

Frequently asked questions

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions document.

If you are unable find an answer to your question, please contact the Levies Taskforce.