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Part 1: Revenue Measures (continued)

Agriculture and Water Resources

Changes to Agricultural Production Levies

Revenue ($m)
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The Government will make changes to the following agricultural levies and export charges to meet changes in the funding needs of the agricultural industry and the industry organisations they support:

    • Export fodder: from 1 July 2016, the Government will introduce a mandatory levy of $0.50 per tonne on all hay and straw prepared for export. The Government will provide a matching contribution of $400,000 per annum, consistent with its commitment in the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper. This new mandatory levy replaces a voluntary levy and was proposed by the export fodder industry. It is designed to address gaps in fodder industry research, development and extension funding.
    • Deer levy: from 1 July 2016, the Government will cease the excise levy on domestic production and sale of deer velvet, the customs charge on exports of deer velvet, and the customs charge on exports of live deer, as proposed by the Deer Industry Association of Australia.
    • Forestry: from 1 July 2016, the Government will increase the Emergency Plant Pest Response levy for growers of private plantation logs by $0.05 per cubic metre of logs, from $0.055 per cubic metre to $0.105 per cubic metre. The funds raised will be used to repay the Australian Government for costs incurred as part of the emergency response to giant pine scale that commenced in 2015.
    • Citrus: from 1 July 2016, the Government will increase the citrus levy by $1.50 per tonne. These increases are being made at the request of industry to address gaps in citrus industry research and development funding. This consists of:
      • an increase to the statutory levy and export charge for research and development from $1.97 per tonne to $3.20 per tonne; and
      • an increase to the Plant Health Australia levy rate from $0.03 per tonne to $0.30 per tonne.