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Levies

​​​​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is responsible for the collection, administration and disbursement of levies and charges on behalf of Australian agricultural industries.

Agricultural levies and charges are imposed on primary producers by government at the request of industry to collectively fund research and development (R&D), marketing, biosecurity and residue testing programs.

The levy system enables agricultural sectors to respond to industry needs, and help maintain and strengthen their position in highly competitive world markets through resource sharing and cooperation.

If you grow, produce or distribute Australian food and/or agriculture produce you may be required to pay a levy or charge on that product.

Rates and commodity details

The rates and commodity details section provides information on leviab​le commodities, including:

  • the rate of levy and/or charge
  • exemptions
  • frequency and due dates for lodging returns and payments
  • how the funds are used
  • relevant legislation for the collection and imposition of levies and charges.

If you are required to lodge a return and make a payment to the department, it is your responsibility to remain fully aware of your obligations under legislation.

Lodging returns and paying levies

If you grow, produce or distribute Australian food and/or agriculture produce you may be required to lodge a return and make a payment to the department.

The levies system is based on self-assessment. Its success is dependent upon the individual or organisation taking responsibility for lodging timely and accurate returns along with their payments.

Depending on the leviable commodity, returns can be due and payable on a monthly, quarterly, biannual or annual basis.

The department conducts inspections to ensure returns are lodged in accordance with legislation. If you have been identified as having lodged incorrect returns, you may be required to resubmit your return and/or repay any outstanding amounts which may also include late payment penalty of 2% per month.

Levy notices

You can be kept informed about the latest developments in primary industry levies through the department’s levy notices.

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