Horse Disease Response Levy review

​​​​​​​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is reviewing the Horse Industry Disease Response Levy to ensure it is an equitable system for the levy collection.

Public submissions closed on 29 August 2016.

Purpose of the review

The focus of this review is 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 and emergency response to an exotic disease incursion. The Horse Disease Response Levy is necessary so the horse industry can fund its share of obligations in responding to a national emergency disease outbreak affecting the industry.

This review is not intended to be an audit of previous disease responses affecting the horse industry. Also out of scope for the review is any part of the levy legislation and system.

Consultation

The consultation period began on 29 July and closed on 29 August 2016.

We thank all interested members of the community and stakeholders who provided feedback into this review. Your feedback will help make sure that community requirements are properly reflected in the outcome of the review.