Fees and levies for horticulture 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.
All registered establishments will be subject to annual levies. A simple establishment (exports to non-protocol markets) will be charged $3 000 per annum. A complex establishment (exports to protocol markets) will be charged $6 000 per annum. A small grower/exporter establishment will be charged $600 per annum.
The grower/exporter rate has been established for small horticulture growers seeking to register an establishment that will enable them to export their own product. Grower-exporter establishments that export under a certain amount each financial year (see charging guidelines). The grower-exporter is still required to meet all the other requirements for registering an export establishment.
Applications for new registered establishments will also now incur a one-off $600 levy.
Export tonnage levy
Horticulture exports will now be subject to tonnage charges. Exports to non-protocol markets will have a rate of 95 cents per tonne reducing to 65 cents per tonne by 2017–18, and exports to protocol markets will have a rate of $1.90 per tonne, reducing to $1.20 per tonne by 2017–18. The levies will be applied as a minimum charge of one tonne (or part tonne) per product line.
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.
Inspection and audit fees
Inspection and audit 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) that are applied for electronically will incur a $12 fee per document. Phytosanitary certificates will incur a $50 fee 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).