Fees and levies for import declarations 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.
Approved arrangement levies
Approved arrangements include compliance agreements, food import compliance agreements and quarantine approved premises. All entities, holding a unique ABN, that operate an approved arrangement will pay an annual levy of $2 900, regardless of how many approved arrangements they may hold.
Applications for an entity seeking to enter into their first approved arrangement will pay a one-off $180 application levy. This levy will not apply for any entity that already holds an approved arrangement.
Fee for service
Clients will be charged time based rates for all activities undertaken by the department in relation to the approved arrangement, including assessing applications, auditing the facility and any training the department conducts.
Assessments of an approved arrangement application will be charged $30 per 15 minutes. Where a physical structure is inspected as part of the application the standard fee of $50 per 15 minutes will apply.
A standard fee of $50 per 15 minutes will be applied to all activities performed out-of-office such as providing training for staff at their premises. Where an officer is required for one or more working days a daily rate of $1 000 per day applies.
If you have paid the annual quarantine approved premises (QAP) fee at the old rate of $1 200 to cover the financial year ending on 30 June 2016, the new annual approved arrangement levy of $2 900 will not apply until the financial year beginning 1 July 2016. If you are approved between 1 December 2015 and 30 June 2016, a $1 450 levy applies for that year’s registration.
If you hold an approved compliance agreement prior to 1 December 2015, or enter into one between 1 December 2015 and 1 July 2016, you will be charged a half year levy of $1 450 for registration to 30 June 2016.
If you are approved for a food import compliance agreement (FICA), or for renewal of a FICA, between 1 December 2015 and 30 June 2016, a $1 450 levy applies for that year’s registration. If you have paid the annual FICA fee to cover the financial year ending on 30 June 2016, the new annual approved arrangement levy will not apply until the financial year beginning 1 July 2016.
The new levy of $2 900 will apply to all approvals or renewals for each financial year after 1 July 2016.
Overtime changes have been standardised for activities undertaken outside of the department’s standard span of hours, which are weekdays between 6:30am and 6:30pm, where the activity is delivered. All activities undertaken outside of the department’s standard span of hours will incur the relevant fee for service charge in addition to overtime charges (see table 3).