How we set cost recovery fees and levies

​​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources reviews and updates the way we charge cost recovery fees and charges as required. This allows us to make sure that we are charging in an efficient and accurate way.

Any review of our cost recovery arrangements is completed in line with the Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines​ and the charging framework set out in relevant legislation.

As part of our process of setting fees and charges, we:

  • review the actual costs of efficient services and activities
  • create a model for best recovering these costs
  • consult with the public and with industry about the proposed cost recovery model
  • Further information about how the department models and implements fees and charges is outlined in the relevant cost recovery implementation statement (CRIS).

Cost recovery implementation statement (CRIS)

Each cost recovery implementation statement (CRIS) presents the redesigned fees and charges and provides key information on the design, operation and reporting of cost recovery arrangements.

The department currently has four CRIS documents, outlining the cost recovery fees and levies we charge:

The CRIS documents are also an important part of our engagement with industry.

Draft versions are made available for public comment and feedback before the final fees and levies are set. 

Authority to recover costs

The cost recovery implementation statements also outline the policy approvals and statutory authority for biosecurity and export certification cost recovery.

All cost recovery charges are imposed under the relevant primary legislation. The specific legislation for each cost recovery arrangement is described in the relevant CRIS.

More information

If you have any questions about the cost recovery process, you can email Cost Recovery.