Fees and levies for meat exports 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.
There will be temporary remissions which will reduce the price for some meat 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.
There is an application levy of $600 to register a meat establishment. Once registered a registration levy is payable for each month that an establishment is registered. The prices of charges on some registered meat export establishments, including abattoirs, independent boning rooms and export casings establishments, will be temporarily remitted down from 2015–16 to 2018–19 as outlined in Table 2.
Throughput levies apply to all establishments that slaughter or dress animals for export. Charges for some throughput rates for some categories of animals will be temporarily remitted down from 2015–16 to 2018–19, as outlined in Table 3. These reductions will occur in rates charged at Tier 1 establishments – which are Export-Registered Australian Standard Meat Establishments as set out in Meat Notice 2014-04.
The charges for electronically lodged certificates will be temporarily remitted down from $49 to $12 from 2015-16 to 2018-19.
Fees for service
There will be a temporary reduction in planned inspection prices from $30 to $21 for inspections carried out by a Food Safety Meat Assessor (FSMA) and from $39 to $26 for inspections carried out by veterinarians. There will not be any change to existing audit fees. Audits conducted by FSMAs will continue to be charged at $30 per quarter hour and audits where a veterinarian is required will continue to be charged at $108 per quarter hour. The allocation charges for FSMAs and veterinarians will be charged at the same rate for annual allocations and monthly allocations (see table 4).
There is no change to overtime and shift rates for meat exports (see table 5).