Australia’s farm businesses are world leaders in production efficiency, sustainability, product quality, innovation and supply and response to market needs.
An effective system of primary industry levies and charges can help businesses work together, pooling their effort and resources, to find solutions to priority issues. It can support research and development, promotion and marketing, residue testing, and plant and animal health programs.
Usually an industry body identifies the need for a levy or charge to respond to a problem or opportunity requiring collective industry funding. The organisation puts a levy proposal to its members for discussion and consults with the Department on the proposal.
The levy system has enabled industries to maintain their position in highly competitive world markets. Other smaller and emerging industries also appreciate the benefits of industry cooperation and resource sharing.
Examples of levy use include the funding invested by Research and Development Corporations in R&D. Investments that result in productivity increases and also deliver public good results like regional development, food safety improvements, environmental benefits, medical advances and new consumer products.
The Government role, through DAFF, is to liaise with industries that want a levy system and to implement an effective collection system at minimum cost.
The Levies Revenue Service within the Department is responsible for the effective delivery of levies, by administering, collecting and disbursing levies, on a cost recovery basis, on behalf of industries.
10 Jan 2011