Fees and levies for grain, seed and other plant export activities 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.
Annual levies for registered establishments
All registered establishments will be subject to annual levies. A simple establishment (exports non-bulk grain and other plant products such as timber) will be charged $3 000 per annum. A complex establishment (loads large, unpackaged quantities of bulk grain directly into a vessel hold for export) will be charged $6 000 per annum.
Applications for new registered establishments will incur a one-off $600 establishment application levy.
Export tonnage levy
The tonnage levy has increased to 15 cents per tonne for 2015-16 and will reduce to 11 cents per tonne by 2017-18. The levy will be applied as a minimum charge of one tonne (or part tonne) per product line.
All grains and seeds and other plant products including forestry products, are subject to the tonnage charge.
Authorised officer programme
The authorised officer programme will now be fully cost recovered through new fees and levies (see table 5). Exporters will incur higher charges for activities undertaken by departmental staff that could be undertaken by authorised officers. A complete list of these activities can be found on the department’s website.
Inspection and audit fees
Inspections and audits fees will be charged at $36 per 15 minutes.
Where an exporter could use an approved authorised officer but instead chooses to use a departmental officer, the inspection charge will be $75 per 15 minutes. This will commence for:
- protocol job functions from 1 July 2016
- all other job functions from 1 March 2016.
Documents (excluding phytosanitary certificates) applied for electronically will incur a $12 fee per document. Phytosanitary certificates will be $50 per document, this includes the combined cost of the electronic certificate ($12) and the phytosanitary certificate levy ($38).
All documents applied for manually will incur a $100 fee per document.
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 6).