Funding strong biosecurity and export certification for the future
3 June 2015
The Australian Government continues to progress the redesign of export certification and biosecurity cost recovery arrangements with industry and stakeholders.
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the government was delivering on its commitment to reduce red tape and implement fairer, more equitable funding arrangements for users of the export certification and biosecurity systems.
“It is important that our exporters and importers pay a reasonable price that recovers the real cost of the services they receive from government however it is also important that fees and charges are both efficient and transparent,” Minister Joyce said.
“At the same time we need to make sure our biosecurity and export certification systems remain world leading as Australia’s $53 billion agricultural sector relies on it.
“Last year, I asked export sectors in particular to work with the Department of Agriculture through the existing government-industry consultative committees to review export fees and charges. I wanted to explore how we could best address having charges that do not unfairly discriminate against new or small exporters.
“Today the Australian Government is introducing new export and imported food charging legislation that will enable the full cost recovery redesign that is currently being worked through with industry and stakeholders.
“These bills don’t have fees and charges in them—rather, they lay the foundations so that we can work with industry to determine the best way to implement fees and charges that are fair, efficient and reduce the impact on small exporters and businesses.”
The department has been consulting with government-industry consultative committees about the redesign of the cost recovery arrangements since mid-last year. In the coming months, the department will seek broader stakeholder feedback on the redesign that has been worked through with these committees.
“We continue to listen to industry and work with clients, government-industry consultative committees and peak bodies.
“This engagement will continue as we design appropriate fees and charges that underpin each of the arrangements,” Minister Joyce said.
Further information on draft cost recovery implementation statements, including proposed fees and charges, will be published on the department’s website in July 2015. Information will also be available on how interested stakeholders can provide feedback and attend information forums that will held by the department at this time.
For more information about the redesign of cost recovery arrangements, go to agriculture.gov.au