Biosecurity Levy

The Biosecurity Imports Levy was a recommendation of the 2017 Independent review of the capacity of Australia’s biosecurity system. The government committed to a Biosecurity Imports Levy and that commitment remains.

The government has reviewed the previous Biosecurity imports Levy and has decided against progressing with it in its original form.

An industry working group will be established to lead consultation with industry on the design of an alternative biosecurity levy, including:

  • how the levy will be applied
  • appropriate charging points
  • the scope
  • implementation timing

We will provide further information on the industry working group and an alternative biosecurity levy as it becomes available.

Please direct any inquiries to biosecurityconsultation@agriculture.gov.au.

Past stakeholder consultation

We talked to stakeholders about the proposed levy.

Industry steering committee

An independent industry steering committee was appointed in February 2019. The committee was required to consult widely with potentially affected parties. This included by inviting submissions.

They delivered recommendations on 1 June 2019, which the Minister for Agriculture has responded to.

Download report

Read the committee’s final report. Released on 10 September 2019.

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Biosecurity Imports Levy Industry Steering Committee Report PDFPDF Icon 76 4.5 MB
Biosecurity Imports Levy Industry Steering Committee Report DOCXPDF Icon 76 2.8 MB

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Download response

Read the Minister for Agriculture’s response to the committee’s recommendations. Released on 11 December 2019.

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Minister for Agriculture response to recommendations of the Biosecurity Imports Levy Industry Steering Committee report PDFPDF Icon 3 124 KB
Minister for Agriculture response to recommendations of the Biosecurity Imports Levy Industry Steering Committee report DOCXPDF Icon 3 27 KB

Committee members

The steering committee was led by an independent chair, Mr David Trebeck. It included individuals from shipping and agricultural industries.

Name Organisation
Paul Zalai Freight and Trade Alliance
Margie Thomson Cement Industry Federation
Mike Gallacher Ports Australia
Michael Sousa Qube Holdings
Rod Nairn Shipping Australia
Brian Lovell Australian Federation of International Forwarders
Tony Mahar National Farmers’ Federation
Peter Gniel Australian Institute of Petroleum
Joel Katz Cruise Lines International Association, Australasia

Download terms of reference

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Biosecurity Imports Levy Industry Steering Committee Terms of Reference PDF 2 120 KB
Biosecurity Imports Levy Industry Steering Committee Terms of Reference DOCX 2 28 KB

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Report on the Biosecurity Imports Levy

We engaged independent consultant Pegasus Economics. Their role was to:

  • gather views of stakeholders who would be affected by the levy
  • identify points of agreement
  • outline potential adjustments on the proposed levy.

Download

Document Pages File size

Report on the Biosecurity Imports Levy PDF

28

540 KB

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More information

For all enquiries on the Biosecurity Imports Levy, please email Levies.

Read the frequently asked questions about the Biosecurity Imports Levy.

Last reviewed: 11 December 2019
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