On 1 July 2022, we became the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Before this, we were the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. We are consulting on updates to the 2022-23 Agricultural Exports Cost Recovery Implementation Statements (CRIS) on our Have Your Say platform. Consultation for 6 CRIS opened on 28 June 2022 and is closing on 8 august 2022. Consultation about Live Animal Exports will commence soon.
The Australian Government recovers the cost of delivering agricultural export regulatory services. Under the Australian Government Charging Framework, the department must regularly document changes to regulatory charging activities through a Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS).
Final 2021–22 CRIS
The Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management approved the 2021–22 CRIS documents for seven agricultural export arrangements.
Cost Recovery Implementation Statements
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The department’s Charging Guidelines reflect 2021-22 prices. Legislative instruments have been amended to implement the 2021-22 prices:
- Export Charges (Imposition-General) Regulations 2021
- Export Charges (Imposition – Customs) Regulations 2021
- Export Control (Fees and Payments) Rules 2021
Some agricultural exports arrangements have been under-recovering for a number of years. The last time the CRIS documents were substantially updated was in 2015.
In the 2020–21 Federal Budget, the Australian Government provided $71.1 million to the More Efficient and Sustainable Export Regulation measure under the Busting Congestion for Agricultural Exporters package to support a stepped increase to full cost recovery by 2023–24. A staged return to full cost-recovery will ease the impact for agriculture and food exporters.
2020–21 CRIS documents were published on 17 February 2021, which froze 2020–21 prices and outlined the stepped increase to full cost recovery.
Consultation on 2021–22 CRIS
Proposed 2021–22 CRIS documents were released for public consultation between 14 May and 10 June 2021. We received 36 submissions, including additional correspondence and emails during the public consultation period. Submissions received through our Have Your Say platform have been published excluding those which were identified as confidential.
The department invited feedback on the proposed CRIS from stakeholders and industry groups. This also included asking about how they envisaged business and industry might be affected by the proposed changes.
The proposed CRIS outlined the stepped price increases for 2021–22 to 2024–25, supported by the appropriation provided under the More Efficient and Sustainable Export Regulation measure in the 2020–21 Budget.
The department has provided feedback received to the Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, and the Minister has considered this stakeholder feedback in making his decision on the final 2021–22 CRIS documents.
The department will continue to regularly engage and work closely with stakeholders on the ongoing streamlining of cost recovery arrangements for export certification.
The department will undertake annual CRIS updates, which will ensure expenses and revenue are aligned and to pass on efficiencies from reforms and government investments as quickly as possible.