Biosecurity Levy Update -  Revised Start Date 1 September 2019

Dear AFIF Member,

Further to the Biosecurity Steering Committee Discussion Paper released this week (see below), following last night's Federal Budget, fears surrounding a 1 July start date for the imposition of the Biosecurity Imports Levy are now officially off the table.

The Government has announced a delay with a new start date of 1 September 2019 and a consequent small loss of revenue associated with a later start date.

Enclosed is an extract of the measure published in Budget Paper No 2.

 

If you would like to provide feedback on the Biosecurity Levy, refer to the Discussion Paper, copy attached.

Members are requested to provide their feedback on the Discussion Paper, either directly to bilreview@yahoo.com by Thursday 18 April 2019.                                            

Alternatively, AFIF Members can send their feedback for inclusion in AFIF’s submission, to Stuart@afif.asn.au by Friday 12 April 2019.

AFIF will keep members informed of developments.

Regards

AFIF Team 

 

 

Biosecurity Levy Steering Committee Discussion Paper Released for Industry Feedback                                                                                                                                  

Dear AFIF Member,

As advised in AFIF Weekly News, on 24 February 2019 the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources released a media statement addressing industry concerns about the implementation of the biosecurity imports levy. In his statement the Minister announced the establishment of an industry steering committee to provide him with advice on these matters.

AFIF is a participant on the Steering Committee has attended a number of meetings of the Steering Committee and contributed to the development of a Discussion Paper, copy attached.

Members are requested to provide their feedback on the Discussion Paper, either directly to bilreview@yahoo.com by Thursday 18 April 2019.

Alternatively, AFIF Members can send their feedback for inclusion in AFIF’s submission, to Stuart@afif.asn.au by Friday 12 April 2019.

Media Statement

The Biosecurity Levy Steering Committee has released a Discussion Paper to interested parties.

The Steering Committee, appointed in early March by the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, is tasked with recommending the possible scope and design for a biosecurity import levy, announced as part of the 2018 Budget.

The Discussion Paper summarises developments since the Budget and seeks input from potentially affected stakeholders on the impacts, advantages and disadvantages of differing levy collection points.  

A number of questions are posed in the paper to assist interested parties in their responses. Some early thinking of the Steering Committee is provided.Submissions are invited prior to Easter (18 April) following which the Steering Committee will consult with relevant groups and businesses

The Steering Committee comprises an independent chair and nine industry members with deep expertise in all facets of trade and shipping. 

It is being assisted by Pegasus Economics, who earlier this year prepared a report for the Minister on the consultations that had occurred after the Budget.

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

AFIF will keep Members informed of developments

Regards

AFIF Team