Biosecurity: Permits cost recovery redesign

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

Fees and levies for import declarations will change under the department’s ne​w 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 dairy exports. This document should be read in conjunction with the department’s Charging guidelines and the Food Export Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS).

Key changes

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.

Permit application

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.

Permit categories

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

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).

Further Information

The Food Export CRIS, Charging Guidelines and other supporting material can be found on thet department’s website or by emailing Cost Recovery.

Fee and levy changes

Table 1: Permit application charges
Fee itemUnitCharge to 30 Nov 2015UnitCharge from 1 Dec 2015
Permit application chargePer application$125Per application$120
Permit application fee - manualPer application$225Per application$120 plus fee for service ($30 per 15 minutes)
Table 2 Permit category charges
Permit CategoryFee
Category 1: Assessment of an application for a permit, or variation of a permit—for standard goods $60
Category 2: Assessment of an application for a permit, or variation of a permit—for any of the following non-standard goods:

A product to which a compliance agreement applies; canned pet food; acell line derived from laboratory animals; cats or dogs, other than the first cat or dog in a consignment; cosmetics; cut flowers; dried herbs, dried spices; food items for human consumption; fruit; genetically modified plant material; herbarium specimens not infected or infested; hides or skins; human therapeutics (private and commercial); human vaccines; laboratory material (proteins, DNA, animal sera); microbes; natural fibres and fibre products; non-organic fertiliser (bulk); plant-based stockfeed samples for in-vitro use; plant material, seeds or grains, or both, for in-vitro use; seeds or grains for processing or human consumption or both; acell line derived from a non-laboratory animal; afermented product that is not a veterinary therapeutic product or a stock food product; aparasite; soil samples; vegetables; water

$120
Category 3: Assessment of an application for a permit, or variation of a permit—for any of the following non-standard goods:
​Herbal teas; herbarium specimens infected and infested; oversized timber that is not for milling; plant material and seeds or grains for in-vitro use (infected or infested); plant pollen for in-vivo use; amicro-organism (possible pathogen); aquaculture feed or bait; wood chips or charcoal for cooking or smoking food
$240
Category 4: Assessment of an application for a permit, or variation of a permit—for any of the following non-standard goods:

Animal reproductive material; biological control agent; bird seed; live animals, including the first cat or dog in a consignment, but not subsequent cats or dogs in a consignment; plant-based stock feed; plant pathogens for in-vivo or in-vitro use; seed or plant material for processing into pet food; bulk culture(medium); dried pet food; organic fertiliser

$360
Category 5: Assessment of an application for a permit, or variation of a permit—for any of the following non-standard goods:

Biological material for in-vivo use; a single new master seed; an additional new master seed which is part of a live or inactivated veterinary vaccine; a single new veterinary vaccine that is live or inactivated with a single master seed; a single veterinary vaccine renewal that is live or inactivated

$480
Table 3 Overtime charges (rates to be applied in addition to the relevant fee for service)
Fee itemUnitCharge to 30 Nov 2015UnitCharge from 1 Dec 2015
Overtime – weekday15 minutes$1615 minutes$15
Overtime weekday – non continuous3 hours (min)$19230 minutes (min)$30
Overtime weekend/ public holiday – non continuous3 hours (min)$28830 minutes (min)$40
Overtime weekend/ public holiday additional time15 minutes$2415 minutes$20
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