Biosecurity fees and charges

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The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development - Agriculture and Food (DPIRD) 2018-19 fees and charges for biosecurity services will come into effect on 1 July 2018.

Treasurer's Instruction 810 requires State Government agencies to conduct reviews of their tariffs, fees and charges on at least an annual basis.

Biosecurity inspection fees and charges are payable by the importer, exporter or owner of the organism or potential carrier, and by the owner or occupier of a property or facility.

Fees are also charged for permits, registrations and accreditations.

Western Australia is free of many pests and diseases found in other parts of Australia, and its sound biosecurity system including border inspection helps to maintain this freedom.

DPIRD manages about 330 fees and charges for biosecurity services, most of which in the past have recovered very small amounts of revenue.

DPIRD undertook a review of the 2017-18 fees and charges to consider the costs incurred by DPIRD in providing biosecurity services. As a result of the review, there have been some changes to fees and charges for 2018-19.

New fees and fee increases that come into effect on 1 July 2018 will enable DPIRD to continue essential biosecurity services. Fees and charges allow for:

  • Consistency across all biosecurity delivery areas.
  • The need to reflect a fair and reasonable true cost of services, including a realistic measure of staff time.
  • Phasing in of full cost recovery of fees, as per State Government policy.

Refer to the Services, products and fees 2018-19 booklet on this page for the full list of fees and charges.

Payment

Payment options for fees and charges are listed on the back page of the Services, products and fees 2018-19 booklet, which can be downloaded from this page.

In some cases payment for permit applications must be submitted PRIOR to payment. Once submitted, an invoice will be issued and the application will be processed.

Permit applications

Refer to the 'see also' links on this page to access permit application forms.

Exemptions

Exemptions for fees and charges are listed in the Services, products and fees 2018-19 booklet, which can be downloaded from this page.

Fees may be subject to review throughout the financial year and may change either by approval of the Director General, Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia or by amendment to regulation (as applicable).