How we set cost recovery fees and levies

Changes to live animal export cost recovery

We are revising our live animal export cost recovery arrangement.

We will soon be seeking your views on the proposed charging adjustments via Have Your Say.

Find out more about live animal export cost recovery.

Changes to export cost recovery

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

We released a draft version of the Cost Recovery Implementation Statements (CRIS’s) for public consultation. 

Your feedback will help us finalise the updated CRIS, which will be published prior to implementation. 

We recover the cost of our regulatory activities from the people who use them. We set our fees to ensure these activities are sustainable.

These regulatory activities are critical to Australia’s $60 billion agricultural sector. They support Australia’s reputation as a safe and reliable trading partner. They also provide stability and certainty for industry.

Changes to fees

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.

See current reviews and consultations.

Cost recovery implementation statement (CRIS)

You can read about how we model and implement fees and charges in the relevant cost recovery implementation statement (CRIS).

Each CRIS outlines our fees and charges. They detail design, operation and reporting for each arrangement.

The CRIS documents are also an important part of our engagement with industry. We make draft versions available for public comment and feedback before we set the final fees and levies.

Authority to recover costs

All cost recovery charges are supported by relevant legislation. Each CRIS outlines the specific legislation for each arrangement.


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

Food and plant exports

We are reviewing regulatory charging for food and plant exports. We sought stakeholder feedback between 10 October 2019 and 31 January 2020 which will inform revised regulatory charges. The new charges are expected to start mid-2020.

Live animal exports

We are reviewing regulatory charging for live animal exports. We are seeking stakeholder feedback on a draft live animal export CRIS, consultation closes TBA April 2020. This feedback will inform revised regulatory charges, expected to start mid-2020.


In 2019, the Australian Government decided to expand cost recovery arrangements. The changes will help manage the risk of pest and disease incursions posed by goods and vessels entering Australia. A revised CRIS was implemented on 1 January 2020 which included prices changes across 4 charges.

This year we will undertake a comprehensive review of the regulatory charging for biosecurity. We will seek stakeholder feedback on the biosecurity CRIS late 2020. This feedback will inform revised regulatory charges, expected to start mid-2021.

Last reviewed: 6 March 2020
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