Biosecurity: Post entry quarantine cost recovery redesign

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

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.

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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 import declarations. This document should be read in conjunction with the department’s Charging Guidelines and the Biosecurity Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS).

Key changes

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.

Animals

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.  

Plants

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.

Reservation charges

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

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).

Transitional arrangements

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.

Plants

The monthly plant charge will apply from 1 December 2015 to plants held in PEQ on or after that date.

Further Information

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

Fee and levy changes

Table 1 PEQ entry charges
Fee itemUnitCharge to 30 Nov 2015UnitCharge from 1 Dec 2015
PEQ importation charge—horses or ruminants or animal > 25 kg (excluding cats and dogs)--Per animal$3 000
Cats or dogs or animals ≤ 25 kg importation levy--Per animal$1 200
Bees importation levy--Per consignment$2 500
Live birds depositPer consignment$3 717Reservation levy per consignment$2 810
Live birds importation levy--Per consignment$11 240
Fertile eggs depositPer consignment$15 500Reservation levy per consignment$7 826
Fertile eggs importation levy--Per consignment$31 304
Plant importation charge--Per m2$110
Table 2: PEQ husbandry fees
Fee itemUnitCharge to 30 Nov 2015UnitCharge from 1 Dec 2015
Cats and dogsPer animal per day $149--
Ruminant or camelidPer animal per day$25--
HorsePer animal per day$262--
Rabbit / guinea pigPer animal per day$5--
Cat that bears kittensPer animal$1 500--
Litter of kittensPer litter per day$11--
Dog that bears pupsPer animal$1 500--
Littler of pupsPer litter per day$11--
Bees1 -12 Queen bees in a consignment  Various     $900–$3 200--
EggsPer consignment per day$620--
Live birdsPer live bird consignment per day $531--
Booking fees (ruminants, birds, eggs)Per consignment$1 180--

Other animals > 60 kg

Per animal per day$34 (first 25 animals), $10 (each additional animal)--

Plants grown to maturity

Per m2 per day$4--

Plants in quarantine for more than 3 months

Per m2 /
per day
$2.65--

Stonefruit for export to New Zealand

Per m2 /    per day$4  

Any other plants

Per m2 /       per day$4  

PEQ husbandry fee—horses or ruminants or animal > 25 kg (excluding cats and dogs)

--Per animal per day $60

PEQ husbandry fee—cats or dogs or animals ≤ 25 kg

--Per animal per day $29

PEQ husbandry fee—bees

--Per consignment per month$280

PEQ husbandry fee—avians
(fertile eggs)

--Per consignment per day$200

PEQ husbandry fee—avians
(live bird)

--Per consignment per day$150

PEQ husbandry fee—plants

--Per m2 per month $20

Torrens Island rent for importer housing

Week$212Week$212
Table 3 Fee for service
Fee itemUnitCharge to 30 Nov 2015UnitCharge from 1 Dec 2015
In office inspection, audit and assessment 30 minutes$4015 minutes$30
Additional assessment15 minutes$4015 minutes$30
Out-of-office inspection 30 minutes$9015 minutes$50
Out-of-office inspection additional time15 minutes$4515 minutes$50
Table 4 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
Table 5 Plant diagnostic test fees to 30 November 2015
TestUnitCharge to 30 Nov 2015
Microscopic examination Test$80
Testing by electron microscopyTest$120
Fungal identification Test$120
Bacterial identificationTest$170
Nematode identificationTest$145
Serological testingTest$120 (1 test) to $80 for 11 or more tests
Molecular testingTest$165
Double stranded ribonucleic acid testingTest$765 (up to 10 tests)
Other biochemical testingTest$170
Testing using herbaceous indicator plantsTest$90
Testing using woody indicator plantsTest$170
Disease elimination by shoot tip cultureTest$1 270
Disease elimination by heat therapyTest$2 520
Table 6: Plant diagnostic test fees from 1 December 2015
TestConsumable costsTime (mins)Price
Visual examination$015$30
Electron Microscopy $560$125
Complex identification (per species, excluding PCR)$5120$245
Fungal or bacterial isolation (per species)$1545$105
Nematode extraction (multiple species)$1545$105
Serological (ELISA) - 1st test$2060$140
ELISA - Additional tests (with additional extraction)$2030$80
ELISA - Additional tests (with no additional extraction)$2015$50
Molecular (PCR) - 1st test$25150$325
Molecular (PCR) - additional tests (with additional extraction)$2545$115
Molecular (PCR) - additional tests (with no additional extraction)$1015$40
Molecular sequencing$2545$115
Biological testing - Herbaceous indicators (1st test)$530$65
Biological testing - Herbaceous indicators (additional tests)$520$65
Biological testing - Woody indicators (interpretation of results)$015$30
Shoot tip grafting$1571 045$2 257
Next Generation Sequencing$500100$710
High throughput qPCR6 (100 tests per day during non-peak testing period)$1 100450$2 000
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