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Fees and charges

​​​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is responsible for charging fees and levies to industry and the public.

Fees and levies are charged for services provided by the department, including:

Levies are also administered by the department, for distribution to agencies with responsibilities across agricultural sectors, including:

  • managing research
  • market and industry development
  • plant and animal health programs across agricultural sectors.

Import and export services

Cost recovery fees and levies are charged for the department’s import and export services, including inspection and certification of goods and premises.

You can find full details of these charges and how they are applied in the department’s charging guidelines.

Transition to new cost recovery fees and levies

The department’s redesigned cost recovery arrangements came into effect on 1 December 2015.

This may mean that the fees and levies you pay for the department’s services have changed or are structured in a new way.

Fact sheets are available to help you understand how these changes affect you.

How we set our cost recovery fees and levies

Cost recovery fees and levies charged by the department are periodically reviewed as needed.

A key part of this process is the development of a Cost recovery implementation statement (CRIS).​

Each CRIS document provides information on:

  • the legislative basis for cost recovery
  • the design of fees and levies
  • how fees and levies are applied
  • ongoing reporting on the fees and levies.

The current CRIS documents are available to view at the following links:

Agriculture industry levies

The department administers primary industry levies that are applied across a range of agricultural commodities.

These levies are designed to collectively respond to a problem or opportunity through funding and resource sharing across a particular industry.

Freedom of information

The department provides access to documents under the FOI Act.

Requests for information under the FOI Act may attract charges for the time required to process the request and provide the documents.

Guidance on the FOI process and any applicable charges is available on our website.

Other fees and charges

Other services provided by the department may also attract fees. You will be informed of any fees or charges when you make your request.

If you have any questions about the fees and levies charged by the department, you can call 1800 900 090 or email Cost Recovery.