How we set cost recovery fees and levies

Expanded biosecurity cost recovery

We have expanded the types of biosecurity activities we cost recover. These changes started 1 January 2020.

See the new charging arrangements in the updated Biosecurity Cost Recovery Implementation Statement.

Changes to export cost recovery

We are revising our export cost recovery arrangements for exporting food and plant-related commodities.

We want your views on the proposed charging adjustments.

Take the survey now. Submit your feedback by 31 January 2020.

We consider and update the way we charge cost recovery fees and charges as required. This allows us to make sure we are charging in an efficient and accurate way.

Any revision of our cost recovery arrangements is completed in line with the:

As part of our process of setting fees and charges, we:

  • review the actual costs of efficient regulatory activities
  • create a model for best recovering these costs
  • consult with the public and with industry about the proposed cost recovery model
  • Further information about how the department models and implements fees and charges is outlined in the relevant cost recovery implementation statement (CRIS).

Cost recovery implementation statement (CRIS)

Each CRIS presents fees and charges and provides key information on the design, operation and reporting of cost recovery arrangements.

Each CRIS outlines the cost recovery fees and levies we charge:

The CRIS documents are also an important part of our engagement with industry.


Independent review of export certification

We commissioned an independent review of the costs of export certification activities for food and plant related commodities. This review will complement, and inform, consultation on the proposed charging arrangements.

Find out more about the independent review of the cost of export certification


We will review regulatory charging for biosecurity in 2020. We will seek stakeholder feedback on the biosecurity CRIS late 2020. This feedback will inform revised regulatory charges which are expected to start 1 July 2021.  

Authority to recover costs

The cost recovery implementation statements also outline the policy approvals and statutory authority for biosecurity and export certification cost recovery.

All cost recovery charges are imposed under the relevant primary legislation. The specific legislation for each cost recovery arrangement is described in the relevant CRIS.

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Last reviewed: 10 January 2020
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