From 1 October 2018, the Emergency Plant Pest Response (EPPR) component of the unprocessed potatoes levy and charge, currently set at nil, will increase to 10 cents per tonne. The overall levy rate for processed potatoes will not change.
The funds raised through the EPPR levy will be used to pay industry’s share of costs to the tomato potato psyllid biosecurity response and a 12 month transition to management program.
Changes to the levy and charge rates for unprocessed potatoes are shown in the table below:
|Levy component||Current rate up to |
30 September 2018
|New rate commencing |
1 October 2018
|EPPR||nil||10 cents per tonne|
|PHA||2 cents per tonne||2 cents per tonne|
|R&D||48 cents per tonne||48 cents per tonne|
|Total||50 cents per tonne||60 cents per tonne|
GST does not apply to Australian Government levies and charges.
Note: The new rate will need to be used when calculating your quarterly return for the October to December period.
If you are eligible to lodge an annual calendar year return, you will need to use the:
- 50 cents per tonne rate for all unprocessed potatoes sold from 1 January to 30 September 2018
- 60 cents per tonne rate for all unprocessed potatoes sold from 1 October to 31 December 2018
Information on the potatoes levy and charge
You can access information on the department's website about the potatoes levy and charge.
Who can I contact if I have questions about this notice?
If you have any questions about the potatoes levy and charge, 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.