Proposed export cost recovery framework

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We are improving Australia’s agricultural export legislation. This is part of our wider initiative to strengthen Australian agricultural exports and market access.

The improvements will:

  • make the laws more relevant, responsive and efficient
  • continue to provide the same level of regulatory oversight
  • remove duplication
  • ensure consistency across commodities where possible.

This will help exporters, farmers and other primary producers.

You can now provide feedback on the draft legislation for the proposed export cost recovery framework which consists of 3 legislative instruments:

  1. Exposure Draft Export Charges (Imposition—General) Regulations 2020
  2. Exposure Draft Export Charges (Imposition—Customs) Regulations 2020
  3. Exposure Draft Export Control (Fees and Payments) Rules 2020.

The proposed export cost recovery framework includes updates to align it with Australia’s new agricultural export legislation which commences on 28 March 2021.

The new agricultural export legislation is comprised of the:

  • Export Control Act 2020 which consolidates export certificate provisions currently found in around
    20 Acts and 40 legislative instruments
  • Export Control Rules 2020 which will outline the operational requirements that agricultural exporters must meet to export specific commodities from Australia.

The improved legislative framework will replace the Export Control Act 1982 , export-related provisions in the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 and related legislative instruments, such as orders and regulations.

The cost recovery legislation allows the Commonwealth to impose charges and appropriately recover costs for providing export certification services. The proposed export cost recovery framework does not introduce any new charges or increase existing charges for export certification services.

Read about how we are improving Australia’s agricultural export legislation.

How to have your say

Before you provide feedback, please read the:

Submissions are open until 17 January 2021. Provide your feedback using our online form.

Background

In 2015 we reviewed agricultural export legislation. Based on the review, the government decided to improve agricultural export legislation.

The new export legislation is being developed in consultation with stakeholders to ensure it is clear and fit for purpose – supporting growth and innovation while maintaining the standards our trading partners expect. In addition to our consultations with domestic stakeholders on the proposed export cost recovery framework, we are consulting with domestic stakeholders and trading partners on 12 draft commodity specific Rules to give effect to the Act:

Once made, the Rules will give effect to the Act. The new legislation will ensure:

  • exported goods meet the requirements of importing countries
  • government and relevant industry standards are complied with
  • goods are traceable throughout the export supply chain—from production and processing to exporting—where required
  • the integrity of goods, and the accuracy of applied trade descriptions and official marks, are maintained.

What happens next

The new export legislation framework will commence on 28 March 2021.

Register for updates on our Improving Agricultural Export Legislation web page.

Review of Export Cost Recovery Implementation Statements

Through a process independent of the implementation of the Export Control Act 2020 the department is currently reviewing fees and charges for export cost recovery arrangements. Following a consultation period in 2019‑20, further consultation on revised cost recovery implementation statements is planned for early 2021.

New prices and changes to fees and charges are expected to be implemented from 1 July 2021. These changes will be made through amendments to the new legislative instruments after their commencement on 28 March 2021.

We are improving Australia’s agricultural export legislation. This is part of our wider initiative to strengthen Australian agricultural exports and market access.

The improvements will:

  • make the laws more relevant, responsive and efficient
  • continue to provide the same level of regulatory oversight
  • remove duplication
  • ensure consistency across commodities where possible.

This will help exporters, farmers and other primary producers.

You can now provide feedback on the draft legislation for the proposed export cost recovery framework which consists of 3 legislative instruments:

  1. Exposure Draft Export Charges (Imposition—General) Regulations 2020
  2. Exposure Draft Export Charges (Imposition—Customs) Regulations 2020
  3. Exposure Draft Export Control (Fees and Payments) Rules 2020.

The proposed export cost recovery framework includes updates to align it with Australia’s new agricultural export legislation which commences on 28 March 2021.

The new agricultural export legislation is comprised of the:

  • Export Control Act 2020 which consolidates export certificate provisions currently found in around
    20 Acts and 40 legislative instruments
  • Export Control Rules 2020 which will outline the operational requirements that agricultural exporters must meet to export specific commodities from Australia.

The improved legislative framework will replace the Export Control Act 1982 , export-related provisions in the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 and related legislative instruments, such as orders and regulations.

The cost recovery legislation allows the Commonwealth to impose charges and appropriately recover costs for providing export certification services. The proposed export cost recovery framework does not introduce any new charges or increase existing charges for export certification services.

Read about how we are improving Australia’s agricultural export legislation.

How to have your say

Before you provide feedback, please read the:

Submissions are open until 17 January 2021. Provide your feedback using our online form.

Background

In 2015 we reviewed agricultural export legislation. Based on the review, the government decided to improve agricultural export legislation.

The new export legislation is being developed in consultation with stakeholders to ensure it is clear and fit for purpose – supporting growth and innovation while maintaining the standards our trading partners expect. In addition to our consultations with domestic stakeholders on the proposed export cost recovery framework, we are consulting with domestic stakeholders and trading partners on 12 draft commodity specific Rules to give effect to the Act:

Once made, the Rules will give effect to the Act. The new legislation will ensure:

  • exported goods meet the requirements of importing countries
  • government and relevant industry standards are complied with
  • goods are traceable throughout the export supply chain—from production and processing to exporting—where required
  • the integrity of goods, and the accuracy of applied trade descriptions and official marks, are maintained.

What happens next

The new export legislation framework will commence on 28 March 2021.

Register for updates on our Improving Agricultural Export Legislation web page.

Review of Export Cost Recovery Implementation Statements

Through a process independent of the implementation of the Export Control Act 2020 the department is currently reviewing fees and charges for export cost recovery arrangements. Following a consultation period in 2019‑20, further consultation on revised cost recovery implementation statements is planned for early 2021.

New prices and changes to fees and charges are expected to be implemented from 1 July 2021. These changes will be made through amendments to the new legislative instruments after their commencement on 28 March 2021.