Deer export levy information

​​​​​​Important—You can lodge your deer export return online.

Please read the May 2016 Levies notice for information on the Deer export levy changes commencing 1 July 2016

Why is there an export charge on deer export?

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 deer export charge funds Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) research and development (R&D).

What is the export charge payable on?

Export charge is payable on live deer produced in Australia and exported from Australia.

Who pays the export charge? Who submits returns?

The producer—that is, the person who owns the product at the time of export from Australia—is liable to pay the export charge and submit return forms to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Levies.

If the producer exports the product through an exporting agent, the agent must pay the charge and submit all return forms to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Levies on behalf of the producer. The agent can recover from the producer the amount of charge paid from the producer (the owner of the product at the time of export).

Download a return form or contact your Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Levies state office.

What is the export charge rate on deer export?

Deer export charge: $5 per head (only up to 30 June 2016)

Rates are current up to 30 June 2016. Rates will be set to zero from 1 July 2016.

Australian Government levies exclude GST.

Are there any exemptions from this export charge?

No exemptions apply.

When is the payment due?

Monthly returns

The return together with payment must be submitted to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Levies within 28 days of the end of the month in which the live deer were exported. For example, the return and payment for the month of July are due on or before 28 August.

General information and definitions

The export charge rate is calculated per head.

What legislation covers this export charge?

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 Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991

Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Act 1999

Please note that, under section 27 of the Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991, an authorised Department of Agriculture and Water Resources 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.