Fodder charge

​​​Important— you can lodge your fodder return online.

The fodder charge was first introduced 1 July 2016. Fodder that is produced in Australia and exported with the intention of being used for animal feed will attract a charge. The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, now trading as AgriFutures Australia, is responsible for the expenditure of the fodder charge.

Fodder charge rate

Fodder includes but is not limited to hay, including oaten hay, lucerne hay and wheaten hay and straw, including cereal straw. Fodder does not include chaff, extruded fodder products or silage.

The fodder charge rate is:

Charge componentCharge Rate
Research and Development50 cents per tonne

The fodder charge is calculated per tonne. GST is not applied to Australian Government charges.

Do I need to lodge a return and make a payment?

A producer of fodder, the person who owns the fodder immediately before it is exported is liable to pay the charge.

If you produce fodder and export your product through an exporting agent you must lodge a return and make a payment to the department.

If you buy fodder from a producer and you own the fodder immediately before export you are liable to pay the charge and you must lodge a return to the department.

Exemptions from paying the fodder charge

A producer of fodder is not liable to pay the fodder charge if the total quantity of fodder which is exported in a quarter amounts to less than 250 tonnes.

How do I lodge a fodder return?

You must register with the department to receive a unique LRS number before you can lodge your first return.

To lodge your return online, access Levies Online. Alternatively, you can complete a manual field crops return form.

Return and payment dates

IMPORTANT: If you pay your charge late you will incur a penalty that is calculated daily at a compounding rate of 2 per cent of the unpaid amount each month, including any penalties you have already accrued until you have paid the outstanding amount in full.

Quarterly returns and payments

Quarterly returns and payments must be lodged with the department within 28 days of the end of the quarters of March, June, September and December.

Example: for the quarter ending 30 September—if you produced and exported fodder in the months of July, August and September— your quarterly return and payment is due to the department on or before 28 October.

What must be included in my return?

As a producer of fodder who exported more than 250 tonnes of fodder in a quarter, your return for a quarter must include:

  1. Your personal details, including:
    1. Full name
    2. Business or residential address, not the address of a post office box or post office bag
    3. Post office box or post office bag, and
    4. Australian Business Number (ABN), or if you are a company the Australian Company Number (ACN)
  2. Period to which the return relates
  3. Quantity, in tonnes, of fodder exported
  4. Amount of charge payable, and
  5. Amount of charge paid.

What records do I need to keep?

As a producer of fodder who exported more than 250 tonnes of fodder in a quarter, you must keep records showing for that quarter, the:

  1. Quantity, in tonnes, of fodder exported
  2. Amount of charge payable
  3. Amount of charge paid, and
  4. A copy of the return.

If you exported your fodder through an exporting agent, you must also keep records showing the exporting agents:

  1. Full name
  2. Business or residential address, not the address of a post office box or post office bag, and
  3. ABN, if any, or if the agent is a company and does not have an Australian Business Number – its Australian Company Number.

Primary Industries Legislation

The fodder charge is provided for under the:

Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Act 1999, and
Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991.

This information is a guide only. If you are required to lodge a return and make a payment to the department it is your responsibility to remain aware of your obligation under legislation.

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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