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.
All import permit applications will now pay an application levy of $120. This levy will also apply to applications for varying an import permit. For manual applications for import permits an in-office fee of $30 per 15 minutes will apply for the time taken to enter the application into BICON in addition to the application levy.
An import permit application must be accompanied by full payment for the application levy and assessment fee. Applications will not be assessed until full payment is received. If further assessment is required, additional fees will apply.
The five categories of import permits will be retained as before, with no change to the assessment prices for each category (see table 2).
Each product listed on a permit application is usually classified as an assessable item. Multiple products listed on a permit application may be grouped and a single assessment fee charged where the department determines that a common level of biosecurity risk exists across the product grouping.
Fee for service
Where an assessment takes longer than expected, the additional time will be charged at $30 per 15 minutes.
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 3).