Horse Disease Response Levy review

​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources recently undertook a review of the Horse Industry Disease Response Levy to ensure it is an equitable system for the levy collection.

We thank all interested members of the community and stakeholders who provided feedback into this review. Your feedback helps ensure that community views can inform review findings. A Horse Disease Response Levy Review consultation report has been prepared.


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Horse Disease Response Levy Review – Consultation Report20PDF1.09 MB
Horse Disease Response Levy Review – Consultation Report20Word408 KB

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Purpose of the review

The focus of this review was to explore whether a levy on manufactured feed and worm treatments is the most appropriate way of raising money to meet the costs of any emergency responses to a disease affecting horses.

The Horse Disease Response Levy Act 2011 and the Horse Disease Response Levy Collection Act 2011 were introduced in response to the horse industry becoming a signatory to the Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement (EADRA).

The EADRA assures the horse industry of access to the necessary resources and finances to mount an emergency response to an exotic disease incursion. The Horse Disease Response Levy provides a means for the horse industry to fund its share of obligations in responding to a national emergency disease outbreak affecting the industry.

This review was not intended to be an audit of previous disease responses affecting the horse industry. Also out of scope for the review was any part of the levy legislation and system.


Public submissions were invited between 29 July 2016 and 29 August 2016. The complete list of non-confidential submissions received for this review is below:


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Australian Campdraft Association1PDF140 KB
Animal Health Australia1PDF240 KB
Australian Horse Industry Council1PDF152 KB
Animal Medicines Australia9PDF692 KB
Equine Dental Association of Australia1PDF144 KB
Equestrian Australia1PDF144 KB
Equine Veterinarians Australia1PDF156 KB
Harness Racing Australia2PDF156 KB
Queensland Horse Industry Alliance1PDF144 KB
Ridley4PDF588 KB
Stockfeed Manufacturers' Council of Australia (Confidential)NANANA
Veterinary Medicines and Distributors Association2PDF360 KB
West Australia Horse Council1PDF144 KB

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