Government will not proceed with the Onshore Biosecurity Levy (NNF 2020/140)
Following broad industry consultation and further consideration of the impacts on industry, the Australian Government has made the decision not to proceed with the Onshore Biosecurity Levy.
The department undertook a co-design process with industry via the Industry Working Group where the CBFCA was represented to develop a levy model that was practical for industry and the government.
This process highlighted that a levy could not be implemented without significant regulatory impacts on industry and proposed levy payers.
The CBFCA commends the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment for the proper consultation process with the scope and purpose clearly defined and industry opinions taken into account.
Australia’s biosecurity system will continue to be funded through existing cost recovery arrangements, and this decision will not impact on the overall biosecurity budget.
This is a positive outcome for industry and it aligns with the CBFCA submission and our contribution on the Industry Working Group over the past two years, objecting the implementation of an onshore biosecurity levy due to the significant regulatory impacts on industry and proposed levy payers.
Media Statement released by the department, click HERE
Import Industry Advice Notice 72-2020 - Decision to not proceed with the Onshore Biosecurity Levy