Plant exports: grain, seed and other products cost recovery redesign

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

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.

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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 grain and seed exports. This document should be read in conjunction with the department’s Charging Guidelines and the Plant Cost Recovery Im​plementation Statement (CRIS).

Key changes

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.

Electronic permits

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

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).

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: Certificate charges
Fee itemUnitCharge to 30 Nov 2015UnitCharge from 1 Dec 2015
Export permit applied for electronicallyDocument$16Document$12
Phytosanitary cert applied for electronicallyDocument$16Document$50
Other government documents applied for electronicallyDocument$16Document$12
Export permit applied for manuallyDocument$100Document$100
Phytosanitary cert applied for manuallyDocument$100Document$100
Other government documents issued manuallyDocument$100Document$100
Replacement certificate Document$500Document$500
Table 2: Establishment registration
Fee itemUnitCharge to 30 Nov 2015UnitCharge from 1 Dec 2015
Establishment Application--Per application$600
Registered establishment (Bulk grain) Annual$4 300Annual$6 000
Registered establishment (other grain, seeds and plant products)Annual$2 500Annual$3 000
Table 3: Fee for service

Fee item

UnitCharge to 30 Nov 2015UnitCharge from 1 Dec 2015
Fee for Service15 minutes$3615 minutes$36
Additional service--15 minutes$75*
Fee for service Daily$1 152--
Fee for service Weekly$5 760--
Table 4: Grain, seed and other plant products tonnage charge
Fee item Unit Charge to 30 Nov 2015 Unit Charge from 1 Dec 2015
Tonnage ChargePer tonne$0.11Per tonne$0.15
Table 5: Authorised officer
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 5 packages)$1 750
Authorised officer learning and assessment not yet competent--Per person $2 000
Authorised officer approval--Per person$250
Audit fee for Service15 minutes$3615 minutes$36
Annual charge authorised officer--Annual$750
Table 6: Overtime charges (rates to be applied in addition to the relevant fee for service)
Fee itemUnitCharge to 30 Nov 2015UnitCharge from 1 Dec 2015
Time and a half - continuous (Mon - Sat)15 minutes$15--
Time and a half – non-continuous (Mon - Sat)3 hours minimum$180 --
Double Time – continuous
(Sunday)
15 minutes$20--
Double Time – non-continuous (Sunday)3 hours minimum$240 --
Double Time and a half – non-continuous3 hours minimum $300 --
Double Time and a half – continuous15 minutes$25--
Overtime weekday --15 minutes$15
Overtime weekday
(non-continuous)
--30 minutes minimum$30
Overtime weekend/Public Holiday
(non-continuous)
--30 minutes minimum$40
Overtime weekend/Public Holiday (additional)--15 minutes$20

* to commence for protocol job functions from 1 July 2016 and all other job functions from 1 March 2016

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