Plant exports: authorised officers cost recovery redesign

​​​​​​​​​​​​Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, 2015

Fees and levies for biosecurity approved arrangements will change under the department’s new cost recovery arrangements, from 1 December 2015. This ​fact sheet​ has been developed to outline the difference between the existing fees and the new arrangements.

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Overview

The department has redesigned its cost recovery arrangements with new fees and levies coming into effect on 1 December 2015. This fact sheet has been developed to provide you with an overview of the key changes to charges relating to Approved Arrangements. This document should be read in conjunction with the department’s Charging Guidelines and the Biosecurity Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS).

Key changes

The authorised officer programme will now be fully cost recovered through new fees and levies. A full list of activities authorised officers can undertake on behalf of the department is available Table of inspection job functions required for each group of plants and plant products for export PDF Icon PDF [505 KB]. New charges apply to current and future authorised officers.

Application levy

An application fee of $250 applies to new authorised officer applicants from 1 December 2015. The application fee is required at the time of application and applies irrespective of the outcome of the application.

If an existing authorised officer applies to be assessed in additional job function competencies, the application levy will not be applied.

Learning and assessment fees

All new authorised officer applicants are supplied with a learning package. Further information on this package can be found on the department’s website. A learning and assessment fee of $1 750 will apply per learning package. A learning package can include up to five job functions. Competency assessments will not be undertaken until payment of the fee is received.

If at any time an existing authorised officer applies to be assessed in additional job functions (that were not included in their original application), the ‘Learning and Assessment’ fee of $1 750 will apply per learning package.

Authorised officer applicants that commenced a learning and assessment package prior to 1 December 2015 will not be charged for that package.

If an applicant fails a competency assessment and would like to be reassessed, an additional learning and assessment fee of $2 000 will apply and needs to be paid prior to being reassessed.

Approval fee

From 1 December, a fee of $250 will apply per appointment (approval) to job functions that an applicant has successfully completed a competency assessment for. Where appointments for job functions within the same learning package occur on separate occasions, a separate approval fee applies on each occasion a successful competency assessment is completed.

Annual levy for authorised officers

An annual levy of $750 will apply to all appointed Authorised Officers (no matter how many job functions they hold). Existing authorised officers will pay this levy from 1 July 2016.

Further Information

The Plant Exports CRIS, Charging Guidelines and other supporting material can be found on the department’s website or by emailing Cost Recovery.

Fee and levy changes

Table 1 Authorised officer charges

Fee item

Unit

Charge to 30 Nov 2015

Unit

Charge from 1 Dec 2015

Authorised officer application fee

-

-

Per application

$250

Authorised officer learning and assessment

-

-

Per person (up to five job functions)

$1 750

Authorised officer learning and assessment not yet competent

-

-

Per person

$2 000

Authorised officer approval

-

-

Per person

$250

Audit fee for Service

15 minutes

$36

15 minutes

$36

Annual charge authorised officer

-

-

Annual, per person

$750

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