Onshore Biosecurity Levy

Following industry consultation and further consideration of the impacts on industry, the Australian Government has made the decision to not proceed with the Onshore Biosecurity Levy.

An alternative levy will not be progressed.

This decision will not impact on the overall biosecurity budget. Australia’s biosecurity system will continue to be funded through existing arrangements.

The department will continue to work with industry and the government to ensure Australia’s biosecurity system manages the risks of pests and diseases now and into the future.

The department would like to thank the Onshore Biosecurity Levy Industry Working Group and other stakeholders who provided valuable input and feedback on the levy design.

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

Background

The Biosecurity Imports Levy was a recommendation of the 2017 Independent review of the capacity of Australia’s biosecurity system.

The government announced a commitment to the introduction of a biosecurity levy in the 2018-19 Federal Budget.

Implementation was delayed to allow government to consider feedback from impacted industry sectors on the proposed levy design.

On 11 December 2019, the former Minister for Agriculture announced that the design of an alternative levy would be undertaken in consultation with the importing industry. The levy would be applied onshore to importers who use the biosecurity system.

In response, the department appointed the Onshore Biosecurity Levy Industry Working Group (the working group), which consisted of representatives from key industry sectors including importers, exporters, manufacturers and logistics service providers, to help inform the levy design.

The department undertook a co-design process with the working group to develop a levy model that was practical for industry and the government.

The levy design process highlighted that a levy could not be implemented without significant regulatory impacts on industry and proposed levy payers.

The decision not to proceed with the levy has also been made with consideration of the ongoing impacts of drought, bushfires and COVID-19 on the Australian economy and the rapidly changing trade environment.

Stakeholder consultation

Onshore Biosecurity Levy Industry Working Group

An industry working group was established in December 2019 to co-design the Onshore Biosecurity Levy.

The Onshore Biosecurity Levy Industry Working Group included peak bodies representing trade and logistics service provider industries.

Organisation Name
Australian Federation of International Forwarders Brian Lovell
Stuart McFarlane
Board of Airline Representatives Craig Birchall
Andrew Curdie
Conference of Asia Pacific Express Carriers Paul Bagnall
Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia Paul Damkjaer
Zoran Kostadinoski
Export Council of Australia Dianne Tipping
The Australian Industry Group
Food and Beverage Importers Association
Pet Food Industry Association of Australia
Carolyn Macgill
Freight and Trade Alliance Clint Latta
John Park
International Cargo Handling Coordination Association Peter Van Duyn
Shipping Australia Rod Nairn
Manufacturing Australia Ben Eade

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 former Minister for Agriculture responded to.

Download report

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

Document Pages File size
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 former 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

The department 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

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540 KB

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Last reviewed: 20 May 2020
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