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.
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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.
Read the committee’s final report. Released on 10 September 2019.
|Biosecurity Imports Levy Industry Steering Committee Report PDF||76||4.5 MB|
|Biosecurity Imports Levy Industry Steering Committee Report DOCX||76||2.8 MB|
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Read the Minister for Agriculture’s response to the committee’s recommendations. Released on 11 December 2019.
The steering committee was led by an independent chair, Mr David Trebeck. It included individuals from shipping and agricultural industries.
|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
|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.
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For all enquiries on the Biosecurity Imports Levy, please email Levies.
Read the frequently asked questions about the Biosecurity Imports Levy.