2021-22 Agricultural Export Cost Recovery Implementation Statements

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Public consultation on the 2021–22 Agricultural Exports Cost Recovery Implementation Statements is closed.

How you had your say

We sought feedback from stakeholders and industry groups about the proposed 2021–22 Cost Recovery Implementation Statements (CRIS) for seven agricultural exports arrangements.

We invited feedback on the proposed CRIS relevant to your industry, including how you envisage your business/industry might be affected by the proposed changes.

In addition to the proposed CRIS, we also provided discussion papers for the dairy, fish and egg, grain and horticulture export arrangements. The discussion papers outlined an alternative pricing structure, which we had been consulting on since 2019. We also sought your advice on the impacts of the alternative structure outlined in the discussion papers compared to the charges described in the 2021–22 CRIS, and whether one structure was preferred over the other.

You provided your feedback through:

  • virtual information sessions and meetings with representatives for each export arrangement
  • an online survey
  • written submissions.

Who engaged

In total 166 people participated in the review. Thank you for your input and the time you have taken to provide your feedback.

Survey responses and submissions

32 survey responses were received through Have Your Say, and submissions were received through other mechanisms such as emails or written correspondence.

Here is the breakdown of survey responses and submissions received through Have Your Say against each agricultural exports arrangement.

Dairy

0

Meat

1

Fish and egg

1

Grain

1

Non-prescribed goods

3

Horticulture

11

Live animal exports

15

Meetings

14 industry meetings have been held (virtually), with stakeholder groups across all agricultural exports arrangements. In total 128 people attended across these sessions from across Australia.

What you said

A number of live animal export and meat export stakeholders indicated in-principle support for updated charging structures which more accurately align cost of regulatory effort with the different users of the regulatory system.

Where we released discussion papers for dairy, fish and egg, horticulture and grain arrangements, there was mixed feedback on preferences for either charging model.

Other common feedback received included:

  • Several industry sectors do not support cost recovery of agricultural exports as a matter of principle.
  • concerns around the efficiency of the department in delivering regulatory services and transparency of costs associated with regulation.
  • feedback that price increases will have a disproportionate impact on smaller operators compared to larger operators with higher throughput.
  • difficult timing of price increases and the cumulative impact of price increases on business viability, considering current trade environment and economic challenges for exporters.
  • concerns that price increases will be passed through to producers.

What happens next

We will review your feedback and use it to inform any changes to the CRIS relevant to your industry.

The Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management will approve the final 2021–22 CRIS and any price changes. The Minister for Finance will also need to agree to release any high risk CRIS.

Each CRIS will then be published on our website before price changes are intended to come into effect from 1 July 2021.

The department will undertake to publish surveys where permission has been provided by the respondent as soon as possible.

Public consultation on the 2021–22 Agricultural Exports Cost Recovery Implementation Statements is closed.

How you had your say

We sought feedback from stakeholders and industry groups about the proposed 2021–22 Cost Recovery Implementation Statements (CRIS) for seven agricultural exports arrangements.

We invited feedback on the proposed CRIS relevant to your industry, including how you envisage your business/industry might be affected by the proposed changes.

In addition to the proposed CRIS, we also provided discussion papers for the dairy, fish and egg, grain and horticulture export arrangements. The discussion papers outlined an alternative pricing structure, which we had been consulting on since 2019. We also sought your advice on the impacts of the alternative structure outlined in the discussion papers compared to the charges described in the 2021–22 CRIS, and whether one structure was preferred over the other.

You provided your feedback through:

  • virtual information sessions and meetings with representatives for each export arrangement
  • an online survey
  • written submissions.

Who engaged

In total 166 people participated in the review. Thank you for your input and the time you have taken to provide your feedback.

Survey responses and submissions

32 survey responses were received through Have Your Say, and submissions were received through other mechanisms such as emails or written correspondence.

Here is the breakdown of survey responses and submissions received through Have Your Say against each agricultural exports arrangement.

Dairy

0

Meat

1

Fish and egg

1

Grain

1

Non-prescribed goods

3

Horticulture

11

Live animal exports

15

Meetings

14 industry meetings have been held (virtually), with stakeholder groups across all agricultural exports arrangements. In total 128 people attended across these sessions from across Australia.

What you said

A number of live animal export and meat export stakeholders indicated in-principle support for updated charging structures which more accurately align cost of regulatory effort with the different users of the regulatory system.

Where we released discussion papers for dairy, fish and egg, horticulture and grain arrangements, there was mixed feedback on preferences for either charging model.

Other common feedback received included:

  • Several industry sectors do not support cost recovery of agricultural exports as a matter of principle.
  • concerns around the efficiency of the department in delivering regulatory services and transparency of costs associated with regulation.
  • feedback that price increases will have a disproportionate impact on smaller operators compared to larger operators with higher throughput.
  • difficult timing of price increases and the cumulative impact of price increases on business viability, considering current trade environment and economic challenges for exporters.
  • concerns that price increases will be passed through to producers.

What happens next

We will review your feedback and use it to inform any changes to the CRIS relevant to your industry.

The Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management will approve the final 2021–22 CRIS and any price changes. The Minister for Finance will also need to agree to release any high risk CRIS.

Each CRIS will then be published on our website before price changes are intended to come into effect from 1 July 2021.

The department will undertake to publish surveys where permission has been provided by the respondent as soon as possible.