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Budget | 2015-16

Budget 2015-16
Australian Government Coat of Arms, Budget 2015-16

Part 1: Revenue Measures (continued)

Agriculture

Biosecurity services for international mail — additional cost recovery

Revenue ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Agriculture 3.5 6.9 7.1

The Government will move to full cost recovery of services provided to Australia Post to manage the biosecurity risk associated with international mail items.

The move to full cost recovery will be implemented through a staged increase to the biosecurity fee charged to Australia Post, with the fee increasing on 1 July 2016 before reaching full cost recovery from 1 July 2017.

This measure will put Australia Post on a level playing field with other commercial operators, which are already charged full market rates for similar biosecurity services.

Changes to agricultural production levies

Revenue ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Agriculture 0.2 3.4 3.4 3.4 3.4
Department of Agriculture 0.2 3.4 3.4 3.4 3.4

The Government has adjusted the rate of the following agricultural production levies and export charges:

  • Banana levy: activation of the Emergency Plant Pest Response levy set at 0.75 cents per kilogram, commencing on 1 July 2015. This levy has been increased at the request of the Australian Banana Growers' Council to facilitate repayment of the banana industry's liability associated with an emergency response to eradicate banana freckle.
  • Honey levy and export charge: changes have been introduced at the request of the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council to provide for the industry's ongoing biosecurity obligations and priorities.
    • The Emergency Animal Disease Response levy has been reduced from 0.7 cents per kilogram to zero commencing 1 April 2015.
    • A Plant Health Australia (PHA) subscription levy and charge has been set at 0.1 cents per kilogram commencing 1 April 2015.
    • A PHA Emergency Plant Pest Response levy and charge has been set at 2.9 cents per kilogram commencing 1 April 2015.
    • The threshold at which the levy and export charge applies to the use of honey in production and the retail sale of honey for producers has been increased from 600 kilograms per annum to 1,500 kilograms per annum, commencing 1 April 2015.
  • Laying chickens and meat chicken levy: the levy has been increased to include an Emergency Animal Disease Response component set at 0.03 cents per day‑old chick for meat chickens and 1.4 cents per day‑old chick for laying chickens, commencing 1 April 2015.
    • This levy has been activated at the request of the Australian Chicken Meat Federation and the Australian Egg Corporation Limited to facilitate repayment of the laying chicken and chicken meat industries' liabilities associated with an emergency response to eradicate avian influenza.