Why is there a levy on meat chickens?
The Australian Government introduces levies and export charges at the request of industry. These levies variously fund research and development, marketing, residue testing, plant and animal biosecurity programs and emergency responses for industry.
The meat chicken levy funds Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) research and development (R&D), Animal Health Australia (AHA) programs, Emergency Animal Disease Responses (EADR) through AHA and National Residue Survey (NRS) testing. To find out more, visit
Animal Health Australia and
National Residue Survey.
What is the levy payable on?
Levy is payable on meat chickens hatched in a hatchery.
Who pays the levy? Who submits returns?
The producer (the proprietor of the hatchery where the meat chickens were hatched) is liable to pay the levy. They must pay levy and submit all return forms to the Department of Agriculture - Levies.
Levies Online or download a
return form or contact your
Department of Agriculture - Levies state office.
What is the levy rate on meat chickens?
Meat chickens: 0.2644 cents per chick (equivalent to 26.44 cents per 100 chicks).
Distribution of levy: 0.195 cents for R&D, 0.0194 cents for AHA, 0.03 cents for EADR, 0.02 cents for NRS.
Rates are current as at 1 April 2015.
Australian Government levies exclude GST.
Are there any exemptions from this levy?
Levy is not payable:
- if fewer than 20 000 chickens were hatched at that hatchery in the levy (financial) year*
- on meat chickens that die or are destroyed at the hatchery at which they were hatched within 48 hours of hatching.
When is the payment due?
The return together with payment must be submitted to the Department of Agriculture - Levies within two months of the end of the month in which the meat chickens were hatched. For example, the return and payment for the month of July are due on or before 30 September.
General information and definitions
The levy rate is calculated per chick.
What legislation covers this levy?
A legislative framework of imposition, collection and disbursement legislation authorises and supports Australia’s primary industries levies system. These are the relevant Acts:
Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Act 1999
National Residue Survey (Excise) Levy Act 1998
Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991
Please note that, under section 27 of the
Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991, an authorised Department of Agriculture officer can release the names and addresses of levy payers to industry bodies and levy recipient organisations.
Download the legislation from
ComLaw or call CanPrint Information Services on 02 6293 8383 to purchase a copy.
This information sheet is a guide only and does not substitute for the relevant legislation.