New Dairy cattle export charge

From 1 January 2021, dairy cattle exported from Australia will attract an export charge of $6.00 per head and is payable by the exporter of the dairy cattle. Of this amount, $5.00 will be used to fund marketing activities and $1.00 will go towards research and development (R&D) activities.

The dairy cattle export charge will facilitate the continued funding of the Dairy Cattle Export program established by the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) in 2006.

Note that cattle, other than dairy cattle, that are exported from Australia will continue to attract the cattle (exporters) charge.

The cattle (exporters) charge rates are shown in the table below:

Commodity Marketing R&D Total
(other than dairy cattle)
0.7936 cents per kilogram 0.1587 cents per kilogram 0.9523 cents per kilogram
Dairy cattle $5.00 per head $1.00 per head $6.00 per head

GST does not apply to Australian Government levies and charges.

Cattle means bovine animals other than buffalo.

Dairy cattle means bovine animals that are, or, if they were not exported from Australia, would be likely to be, held on licensed dairy premises for a purpose related to commercial milk production, including but without limiting the generality of the above, bulls, calves and replacement heifers.

Information on lodging your returns

Monthly returns

You are required to submit a monthly return and make a payment to the department if you export cattle and/or dairy cattle. Return and payment must be lodged with the department within 28 days after the end of the month in which the transaction took place.

Example: your return and payment for the month of January is due to the department on or before 28 February.

You can access information about the cattle and dairy cattle (exporters) charge on the department's website at:

Who can I contact if I have questions about this notice?

If you have any questions about this notice, your levies account or how to lodge your return, please contact the Levies Helpdesk via email: or call us on 1800 020 619 and leave your contact details.

Last reviewed: 8 December 2020
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