Changes to the banana levy rate – Effective from 1 July 2019

From 1 July 2019, the Emergency Plant Pest Response (EPPR) levy for bananas will decrease from 0.75 cents per kilogram to nil.

The EPPR levy was activated on 1 July 2015 to repay approximately $12 million to the Australian Government in costs relating to the 2013 emergency response to banana freckle in the Northern Territory. The Australian Government officially announced the successful eradication of banana freckle from the Northern Territory on 1 February 2019.

Changes to the levy rates are shown in the table below:

ComponentRate up to
30 June 2019
Rate commencing
1 July 2019
EPPR0.75 cents per kilogram nil
Marketing1.15 cents per kilogram 1.15 cents per kilogram
PHA0.5 cents per kilogram 0.5 cents per kilogram
R&D0.54 cents per kilogram 0.54 cents per kilogram
Total 2.94 cents per kilogram 2.19 cents per kilogram

GST does not apply to Australian Government levies.

Information about the banana levy

You can access information about the banana levy on the department's website.

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

If you have any questions about the banana levy, your levies account or how to lodge your return, please contact the Levies Helpdesk by calling 1800 020 619 or by sending an email to: Levies Management.

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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