Australian Government, 2011‑12 Budget

Part 1: Revenue Measures (Continued)

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Changes to agricultural production levies

Revenue ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 10.5 21.9 22.3 22.7 23.0
Related expense ($m)
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 10.5 21.9 22.4 22.7 23.0

The Government has adjusted the following agricultural production levies to meet changes in the funding needs of the agricultural industry organisations they support:

  • Cattle transaction levy: to maintain the cattle transaction levy at $5.00 per head beyond 31 December 2010;
  • Nashi levy and export charge: to reduce the levy rate to zero, with effect from 1 January 2011;
  • Ginger levy: to introduce a new research and development levy of 0.5 per cent of the sale price payable on fresh ginger, seed ginger and processing ginger that is produced in Australia and sold or processed in Australia, with effect from 1 April 2011; and
  • Mushroom levy: to increase the annual threshold exemption level for mushroom spawn, upon which the mushroom levy is paid, with effect from 1 July 2011.

These changes to agricultural production levies were initiated by industry representative organisations. All revenue raised by the levies is provided directly to fund industry research and development or marketing programs. The Government will also continue to provide funding to match levies for research and development up to a cap, in accordance with existing co‑investment arrangements.

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