The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is completing a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) examining whether export tariff rate quota regulations can be streamlined.
The department met with industry representatives in late 2015 to discuss the ongoing management of tariff rate quotas. The outcome of these meetings was that the department would consider whether there are options for improving export tariff rate quota administration processes.
Consultation on the RIS was held from 30 March to 16 August 2017. The department held day-long workshops with stakeholders in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane during May. The department developed a revised option based on workshop feedback and provided additional papers for further consultation (see below).
The department has received additional feedback which will be used in finalising the RIS and its recommendations. This will be available once finalised.
The Regulation Impact Statement
The purpose of the RIS is to examine whether export tariff rate quota regulation can be streamlined. The RIS considers three options; remaining with the status quo, a non-regulatory approach, and an option that proposes to streamline processes. Following initial consultation a fourth options has also been developed for consideration.
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The RIS commenced in 2016 and has been developed in line with the Australian Government Guide to Regulation (available on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website). To date, five of the seven RIS questions have been developed; this includes what the problem is, why government action is needed, what policy options are being considered, what their net benefits are, and how consultation will be conducted.
The RIS has been informed by several reviews previously completed regarding the regulation and administration of various tariff rate quotas. These reviews are available for reference, below.
Additionally, the RIS has referenced a Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation review, available on the RIRDC website: Effective Administration of Agriculture Tariff Quotas, David Harris.