This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.
This order, which comes into force on the day after the date of its notification in the Gazette, amends the Biosecurity (System Entry Levy) Order 2010 (the principal order). That levy is imposed under section 137 of the Biosecurity Act 1993 for the purpose of wholly or partially funding a service provided or function performed by the Ministry for Primary Industries under that Act. The changes relate to the cost recovery of the industry share of costs of Tranche 1 of the Joint Border Management System.
This order sets the rates of biosecurity levy for the year beginning on 1 July 2013 to allow for staggered increases in line with the introduction of increased functionality as the Joint Border Management System goes live. The new rate of $12.77 is the same as the existing rate for all importations during the period between 1 July 2013 and 31 July 2013. After that period, the rate increases from $12.77 to $17.63 for importations in respect of which an import entry transaction fee is payable to Customs, but stays the same as the existing rate for other importations.
The order also amends the maximum rate of the levy that can be set by the Director-General in respect of future years from $18 per leviable importation to $18.40. This change reflects the increase in goods and services tax from 12.5% to 15% that took effect from 1 October 2010. The change is consistent with section 78(3) of the Goods and Services Tax Act 1985 (which has the effect of automatically applying tax increases to fees, charges, or other amounts prescribed by an Act or regulations).
All rates are inclusive of goods and services tax.
This order is subject to confirmation under section 138 of the Biosecurity Act 1993. This means that the order will be deemed to have been revoked with the close of 30 June 2014 unless it has been confirmed by an Act of Parliament passed on or before that day.