Postponed implementation of redesigned fees and charges
Revised biosecurity and export certification fees and charges will come into effect on 1 December 2015 following a decision to postpone implementation of the new arrangements.
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Deputy Secretary, Ms Jo Evans, said stakeholders had asked for more time to prepare for the changes.
“The department received comments on the draft fees and charges during the public consultation process and we have worked through those with stakeholders to finalise the arrangements,” Ms Evans said.
“We also listened to the feedback from stakeholders that they needed enough time to make changes to their own systems and processes to give effect to the changes.
“As a result, the department has delayed the commencement of the redesigned fees and charges to 1 December 2015.”
Ms Evans said the department aimed to release the final cost recovery implementation statements for biosecurity and export certification fees and charges soon.
“We have revised the Cost Recovery Implementation Statements to reflect the changes and they are now progressing through the approval processes,” Ms Evans said.
“The department wants to provide all users of the biosecurity and export certification systems with as much time as practical to understand the changes and inform their clients where needed.”
Information about the progress of the revised fees and charges will be updated as required at Redesign of Agriculture's cost recovery arrangements.
For further information stakeholders are able to contact the department by email at Cost Recovery or by phoning 1800 065 165.