Changes to the Forest growers levy

Starting 1 July 2016, an Emergency Plant Pest Response (EPPR) levy of 5 cents per cubic metre of logs will be introduced on exotic softwood trees of the genus Pinus sp.

TypeCurrent Levy Rate
(up to 30 June 2016)
New Levy Rate
(commencing 1 July 2016)
Plantation Logs – Exotic Softwood (Pinus sp.)5.5 cents per m3 10.5 cents per m3
Plantation Logs – Other5.5 cents per m3
Other Logs5 cents per m3 5 cents per m3

The funds raised will be used to repay the Australian Government for costs paid on the industries’ behalf for costs incurred as part of the​ nationally cost-shared emergency response to giant pine scale that commenced in 2015 under the EPPR Deed.

Information on Lodging your Returns

Quarterly returns

If you are a forest growers levy payer/agent who submit quarterly returns, you will be required to:

  • use the current levy rate for your April to June 2016 quarterly return – due on or before 28 July 2016
  • use the new levy rate for all future returns starting with your July to September 2016 quarterly return – due on or before 28 October 2016

Annual returns (financial year)

If you are a forest growers levy payer/agent who submit annual returns, you will be required to:

  • use the current levy rate for your 2015-16 annual return – due on or before 28 August 2016
  • use the new levy rate for all future annual returns starting with your 2016-17 annual return – due on or before 28 August 2017
For more information please read the information on forest growers levy.​​