The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources recently undertook a review of the Horse Industry Disease Response Levy to ensure it is an equitable system for the levy collection.
We thank all interested members of the community and stakeholders who provided feedback into this review. Your feedback helps ensure that community views can inform review findings. A Horse Disease Response Levy Review consultation report has been prepared.
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Purpose of the review
The focus of this review was to explore whether a levy on manufactured feed and worm treatments is the most appropriate way of raising money to meet the costs of any emergency responses to a disease affecting horses.
The Horse Disease Response Levy Act 2011 and the
Horse Disease Response Levy Collection Act 2011 were introduced in response to the horse industry becoming a signatory to the Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement (EADRA).
The EADRA assures the horse industry of access to the necessary resources and finances to mount an emergency response to an exotic disease incursion. The Horse Disease Response Levy provides a means for the horse industry to fund its share of obligations in responding to a national emergency disease outbreak affecting the industry.
This review was not intended to be an audit of previous disease responses affecting the horse industry. Also out of scope for the review was any part of the levy legislation and system.
Public submissions were invited between 29 July 2016 and 29 August 2016. The complete list of non-confidential submissions received for this review is below:
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