Fees and levies for post entry quarantine 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.
Under the new charging structure, a levy is applied to all plants and animals on arrival to PEQ. This is not an additional cost, it will ensure that a reduced daily fee only covers activities provided directly to individual clients. The levy will cover the cost of activities to operate the PEQ.
Prices will continue to depend on the type and number of animals (or consignments) imported. The levy will cover the animal’s or consignment’s scheduled stay in quarantine. If the animal or consignment stays in PEQ longer (because of a health concern or otherwise), the importer will not incur additional levy costs, only daily husbandry fee costs.
Cats and dogs and other animals that weigh less than 25 kg are charged an import levy of $1 200 per animal and daily husbandry fees of $29 per animal per day.
Horses, ruminants or other animals (not including cats or dogs) that weigh more than 25 kg are charged an import levy of $3 000 per animal and daily husbandry fees of $60 per animal per day.
Importers of live birds will be charged a total import levy of $14 050 per consignment which includes a reservation levy. Live bird importers will also be charged daily husbandry fees of $180 per consignment. Importers of fertile eggs will pay a total import levy of $39 130 which includes a reservation levy. Consignments of fertile eggs will also be charged daily husbandry fees of $200.
Importers of bees pay an import levy of $2 500 per consignment plus husbandry fees of $280 per month. These charges are no longer dependent on how many queen bees are in each consignment.
The levy and fee for plants will be charged each month (or part thereof) per m2 of plant material. This is because plants are held in post entry quarantine for varying durations, depending on the species and country of origin.
Fee for service
A standard fee of $30 per 15 minutes will apply for all activities performed in-office. A standard fee of $50 per 15 minutes will be applied to all activities performed out-of-office.
In the case of testing for plant diseases, the price of tests will be established according to the time taken to perform each test ($30 per 15 minutes, where undertaken in office), plus the cost of any materials used.
Husbandry fees for the minimum stay, as determined by animal type, will be required before an animal enters the quarantine facility. Any additional costs must be paid before an animal or plant is released from the quarantine facility.
Importers of live birds and eggs must pay a reservation charge at the time of reserving a place at the PEQ. For live birds the reservation levy is $2 810 and for eggs the reservation levy is $7 826. These reservation levies form part of the import levy. The remainder of the levy and the husbandry fees for the minimum stay are payable when the booking is confirmed.
For other animals the levy and husbandry fees for the minimum stay, as determined by the animal, must be paid when confirming the reservation.
Overtime changes have been standardised for activities undertaken outside of the department’s standard span of hours, which are weekdays between 6.30 am and 6.30 pm, 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 4).
Animals already in PEQ on 1 December 2015
For any animal, or consignment of birds or eggs already in the PEQ facility on 1 December 2015, the previous fees will apply for the remainder of the stay of the animal or consignment of birds or eggs.
Animals entering the PEQ on or after 1 December 2015
The department will honour a payment made for a horse, dog or cat if an importer has already paid in full for the scheduled stay in quarantine. The new daily rate will apply if the animal stays for additional time.
Any booking fee or deposit paid in relation to a consignment of eggs or birds or booking fees paid in relation to a ruminant or camelid will be taken as a payment in relation to the charges that apply from 1 December 2015.
The monthly plant charge will apply from 1 December 2015 to plants held in PEQ on or after that date.