Date of Issue: 7 June 2017
Date of Effect: 1 July 2017
Reference Number: 2017-08
To advise of the cessation of the remission program for the Seafood and Egg Export Cost Recovery Arrangement (the arrangement) from 1 July 2017. Remissions currently applied to cost recovered levies for Establishment Registration and Electronic Certificates will cease from 1 July 2017.
This notice applies to:
- All Seafood and Egg export registered establishments
- All exporters of Seafood and Eggs and Seafood and Egg products
Fees and levies for the arrangement are set to recover the costs associated with the delivery of inspection, audit and certification services with respect to the export of Seafood and Egg and Seafood and Egg products from Australia. The department maintains a Cost Recovery Reserve (CRR) for the arrangement to manage unanticipated changes in activity that cannot immediately be managed through expenditure alone. Departmental policy is to maintain a balance of between 0-5% of annual program expenditure.
Over recoveries may be managed through reduction in charges known as remissions. Remissions are subject to industry consultation and government approval, and may be implemented within existing legislation. This allows the department to adjust charges without a cost recovery review, which may require legislation and may take up to twelve months. When a remission is agreed, the legislated fees and levies do not change, a remission is applied to reduce the amount payable.
All remissions are temporary and are closely monitored to ensure ongoing affordability. Remissions may need to be adjusted if trade volumes and/or costs change unexpectedly. Any adjustments are subject to industry consultation, with an agreed lead time for industry to respond to a change in price.
The arrangement currently has a number of remissions in place which were implemented as part of the 2014-15 fee review and following consultation with industry. The remissions were designed to address the continuing accumulation of the CRR. Further information on the remissions program is available in the Food Exports Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (see references section below). The arrangement currently has remissions in place against the following charges:
- Establishment Registrations
- Electronic Certificates
If the current remission program were to continue at the existing remission rates, taking into consideration the anticipated downturn in the Seafood and Egg sector, the CRR balance would be anticipated to be depleted in the 2017-18 financial year.
In order to maintain a balance in the Seafood and Egg export CRR, the remissions on Establishment Registrations and Electronic Certificates will be ceased from 1 July 2017. Table 1 provides a summary of the 2016-17 Remission Program showing the legislated rate, the remission rates and amount payable pre and post 1 July 2017.
|Activity Stream||Unit of Charge||Type of Charge||Legislated Rate||1 July 2016- 30 June 2017||From 1 July 2017|
|Remission Rate||Amount Payable||Remission Rate||Amount Payable|
|Establishment-Storage of fish for export||Annual||Levy||$1,835||$351||$1,484||–||$1,835|
|Establishment-Vessels registered for preparation of fish (not direct export)||Annual||Levy||$1,223||$234||$989||–||$1,223|
|Establishment-Vessels registered for direct export of fish||Annual||Levy||$2,446||$468||$1,978||–||$2,446|
|Establishment-Land establishment registered for export of live fish||Annual||Levy||$1,223||$234||$989||–||$1,223|
|Establishment-Land establishment registered for preparation of fish for export||Annual||Levy||$2,446||$468||$1,978||–||$2,446|
|Documentation and Certification|
Seafood and Egg establishments and exporters will be affected by the removal of the remission program. The removal of the remissions increase charges payable for Establishment Registrations and Electronic Certificates, but does not impact the legislated rate.
Invoices will reflect the relevant rate for services to be provided from 1 July 2017.
Details of the fees and levies recoverable for the Seafood and Egg export industry are published on the Department’s website:
If you have any further questions regarding this adjustment to the remission program please email the Cost Recovery Operations team:
Phone: 1800 900 090
Email: Cost Recovery