Australian Government, 2013-14 Budget
Budget

Part 1: Revenue Measures (Continued)

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Changes to agricultural production levies

Revenue ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3

The Government has introduced or will reapportion the following agricultural production levies and export charges to meet changes in the funding needs of the agricultural industry organisations they support:

  • Olive levies: from 1 May 2013, a new research and development (R&D) levy has applied to fresh olives for processing at a rate of $3 per tonne and a new Plant Health Australia (PHA) levy has applied to fresh olives at a rate of 10 cents per tonne.
  • Potted plants levies: from 1 July 2013, the R&D levy on potted plants will decrease from 3 per cent to 2.75 per cent of the sale value of the container for potted plants and a PHA levy will be introduced at a rate of 0.25 per cent of the sale value of the container.
  • Chestnut levies and export charge: from 1 July 2013, the chestnut R&D levy and export charge will decrease from $50 to $45 per tonne of chestnuts and a PHA levy and charge will be introduced at a rate of $5 per tonne.

All revenue raised by these levies and charges is provided directly to fund industry membership or research and development. The Government will also continue to provide funding to match levies for R&D up to a cap, in accordance with existing co‑investment arrangements.

The Government has also introduced Emergency Plant Pest Response (EPPR) levies for the above commodities as well as a corresponding charge for chestnuts. The EPPR levies and charges are initially set at a zero rate. This provides a mechanism which can be activated to recover costs incurred by the industry that are underwritten by the Commonwealth in response to emergency plant pest incidents.

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