Dairy exports cost recovery redesign

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

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.


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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 dairy exports. This document should be read in conjunction with the department’s Charging guidelines and the Food Export Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS).

Key changes

There will be temporary remissions which will reduce the price for some dairy export charges. The remissions will draw down previously accumulated reserves for the four years from 2015–16 to 2018–19. All are subject to ongoing monitoring to assess ongoing affordability and may be adjusted, in consultation with industry, if trade volumes and costs change unexpectedly.

Export certificates

Increases in the volumes of electronic certificates issued by the department since the last review of charges provides an opportunity to temporarily adjust the charge for electronic certificates from $21 to $17 (see table 1).

Registration charges

The prices of charges on registered dairy export establishments will also be temporarily adjusted down from 2015–16 to 2018–19 as outlined in Table 2.

Inspection and audit fees

Inspection and audit fees have not changed and will be charged at $33 per 15 minutes.


Overtime charges 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 4).

Further Information

The Food Export CRIS, Charging Guidelines and other supporting material can be found on thet department’s website or by emailing Cost Recovery.

Fee and levy changes

Table 1: Dairy export certificate rates
Fee itemUnitFee to 30 November 2015UnitCharge from 1 December 2015
Electronic certificate Document$21Document$17
Manual document Document$100Document$100
Replacement certificate Document$500Document$500
Table 2: Dairy export registration and storage rates
Fee itemUnitFee to 30 November 2015UnitCharge from 1 December 2015
Registration Application Application$600Application$600
Corp/Co-op exporting >2000 tonneAnnual$7 729Annual$6 851
Corp/Co-op exporting <2000 tonne Annual$4 275Annual$3 790
Storage establishment dairy Annual$1 820Annual$1 614
Table 3: Dairy export fees
Fee itemUnitFee to 30 November 2015UnitCharge from 1 December 2015
Inspection15 minutes$3315 minutes$33
Audit15 minutes$3315 minutes$33
Assessment for an exemption --15 minutes$33
Table 4 Overtime rates
Fee itemUnitCharge to 30 Nov 2015UnitCharge from 1 Dec 2015
Time and a half - continuous (Mon - Sat)15 minutes$12--
3 hours minimum$144--
Double Time –
15 minutes$16--
Double Time – non‑continuous (Sunday)3 hours minimum$192--
Double Time and a half – non‑continuous3 hours minimum $240--
Double Time and a half 15 minutes$20--
Overtime – weekday--15 minutes$15
Overtime weekday  (non-continuous)--30 minutes (min)$30
Overtime weekend/ public holiday ​ (non –continuous)--30 minutes (min)$40
Overtime weekend/ public holiday (additional) --15 minutes$20