Biosecurity Import Levy - deferred to 1 September 2019

Biosecurity Import Levy - deferred to 1 September 2019

 

Following last night’s Federal budget, we draw to members' attention the detail that the 1 July start date for the imposition of the Biosecurity Imports Levy has been officially deferred.

The government has announced a new proposed date of 1 September 2019 and a relatively small loss of revenue associated with this deferred commencement.

Below is an extract of the measure published in Budget Paper no. 2.

 

 

 

NOTE: The collection methodology is still to be determined with the government to be advised on options pending the outcomes of the Biosecurity Levy Steering Committee deliberations.

 

Biosecurity Import Levy - Discussion Paper 

 

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) is extremely appreciative of the response received by the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources to our call for two advocacy outcomes:

1) an independent review of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) measures; and
2) a review of the Biosecurity Import Levey

Please refer to the Ministerial foreword to the Autumn 2019 edition of Across Borders available HERE.
 
We understand that the findings of the independent BMSB review will soon be released by the Inspector General of Biosecurity – please refer to the FTA submission which incorporated extensive member feedback, available HERE.  
 
In parallel to this activity on BMSB, below is an update on the Biosecurity Import Levy.

Background
 
As members will recall, the Biosecurity Import Levy was announced in the 2018 Federal Budget with an aim to collect $325 over 3 years from a commencement date of 1 July 2019.
 
Since that time there has been significant controversy surrounding the implementation of the levy, ultimately leading to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources commissioning an independent review by Pegasus Economics – this report was publicly released on Friday 29 March 2019 – further background information on the steering committee is available HERE.
 
FTA is of the opinion that the Pegasus report provides a fair and detailed summary of the consultation process and importantly, complemented industry advocacy for reform.
 
This may well have been the final evidence required for the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources to announce the formation of the Biosecurity Levy Steering Committee tasked with recommending the possible scope and design for a levy.
 
As outlined in previous member notices, I was privileged to be appointed by the Minister to participate with eight other industry representatives in the committee led by an independent chair (Mr David Trebeck) and supported by Pegasus Economics – refer HERE.
 
Discussion Paper
 
The Biosecurity Levy Steering Committee has today (1 April 2019) released a Discussion Paper to interested parties – refer HERE.
 
The Discussion Paper summarises developments since the 2018 Budget, incorporating key references from the Pegasus report, and seeks input from potentially affected stakeholders on the impacts, advantages and disadvantages of differing levy collection options.
 
A number of questions are posed in the paper to assist interested parties in their responses. Some early thinking of the Steering Committee is also provided.
 
Submissions are invited prior to Easter (18 April) following which the Steering Committee will consult with relevant groups and businesses.
 
The Steering Committee’s report is due for completion prior to 1 June.
 
Submissions can be forwarded to bilreview@yahoo.com
 
Further information can be obtained from the chair of the Steering Committee, David Trebeck at 0404 822311 or dtrebeck@bigpond.com or Alistair Davey at 0422 211110 or adavey@pegasus-economics.com.au   

 

Paul Zalai - FTA / APSA

 

 

Please note that the above sessions are separate to the upcoming FTA organised CPD & CBC - Border and Biosecurity Compliance Program

 

Presentations from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources & Andrew Christie (Andrew Christie Consulting) - the latter focussed on key operational issues in preparation for the 2019 / 20 BMSB season


SYDNEY - 24 CPD points - 9 April, Novotel, Brighton Le Sands

- LIMITED SPOTS REMAIN

BRISBANE - 24 CPD points - 2 May. Novotel, Brisbane Airport

MELBOURNE - 24 CPD points - 19 June 2019, Hyatt Place, Essendon Fields