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Budget | 2014-15

Budget 2014-15
Australian Government Coat of Arms, Budget 2014-15

Part 1: Revenue Measures (continued)

Agriculture

Biosecurity services for imports and live animal exports — ensuring full cost recovery

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The Government will move to full cost recovery of its biosecurity services for imports and live animal exports. Fees for import clearance, seaports, post entry animal quarantine and live animal exports will be set to recover expected operating costs for 2014‑15 in line with the provision of services on a user pays basis. For import clearance and seaports, revenue shortfalls in 2013‑14 will also be recovered in 2014‑15.

This policy will be implemented in accordance with the Australian Government's cost recovery policy. The additional revenue is not for publication due to ongoing consultation with the relevant industries.

The new fees will come into effect on 1 July 2014.

The Government will also redesign and simplify the biosecurity cost recovery framework to support a more efficient and effective biosecurity system, with implementation expected to occur from 1 July 2015.

Changes to agricultural production levies

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The Government has adjusted the rate of the following agricultural production levies and export charges to meet changes in the funding needs of the agricultural industry organisations they support:

  • Hard onion levy and export charge: increase the overall rate of the levy and export charge on hard onions from $2.00 to $4.00 per tonne, commencing on 1 July 2014.
  • Mushroom spawn levy: increase the overall rate of the levy on mushroom spawn from $2.16 to $4.32 per kilogram, commencing on 1 July 2014.
  • Mango levy: increase the overall rate of the levy on mangoes from 1.750 cents to 1.893 cents per kilogram, commencing on 1 July 2014.

All revenue raised by the levy or export charge is provided directly to fund industry research and development, marketing programmes, and/or industry biosecurity initiatives. The Government will also continue to provide funding to match levies for research and development up to a cap, in accordance with existing co‑investment arrangements.