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CATTLE EXPORT CHARGES REGULATIONS (AMENDMENT) 1996 NO. 248EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
STATUTORY RULES 1996 No. 248
Issued by the Authority of the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy
Cattle Export Charges Act 1990
Cattle Export Charges Regulations (Amendment)
The Cattle Export Charges Act 1990 (the Act) provides that the GovernorGeneral may make regulations for the purposes of the Act.
The Act provides for the imposition of charges on the export from Australia of cattle, other than dairy cattle, covering separately export if the cattle transaction levy under the Cattle Transaction Levy Act 1995 has not been paid, and is not payable, as well as situations where the cattle have been purchased and held by the exporter prior to export for a period longer than specified by the Act.
There are currently five charges components of the Act funding the Meat Industry Council, the Meat Research Corporation, the Australian Meat and Live-stock Corporation, the National Cattle Disease Eradication Trust Account and the Australian Animal Health Council Limited (AAHC). The rate payable to the National Cattle Disease Eradication Trust Account and the AAHC for chargeable exports (per head of cattle) can be prescribed by regulations.
The AAHC component of the charge was recently inserted into the Act by separate legislation and applies to adult cattle and bobby calf exports.
The Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) is recognised as the peak industry body representing cattle producers, the principal levy payers. These regulations implement a CCA request to decrease the National Cattle Disease Eradication Trust Account component on adult cattle exports by 5 cents and for the AAHC component to apply only to adult cattle exports. This will achieve a nil impact on the total amount of charge paid by producers at the time of the application of the AAHC charge.
The purpose of the National Cattle Disease Eradication Trust Account is to receive the disease eradication component. of cattle industry levies and charges collected by the Commonwealth and to make payments associated with the eradication of any disease in cattle that is endemic in Australia.
The AAHC was established in January 1996 to be Australia's peak animal health body, providing the point of reference for strategic policy development and national program funding for animal health matters requiring a response at a national level. The Commonwealth, State/Territory Governments collectively, and the national councils of the livestock based industries (including the CCA) each provide funding for the AAHC.
Levies specified in the Cattle Transaction Levy Act 1995 which are associated with both of these export charges have also been amended by regulation.
Details of the regulations are:
Regulation 1 provides for a commencement date of 1 December 1996.
Regulation 2 provides for the Cattle Export Charges Regulations to be amended by the Cattle Export Charges Regulations (Amendment).
Regulation l prescribes in sub-clause 3.1, for the purposes of subparagraph 6A(1)(d)(v) of the Act, the rate of charge for payment to the National Cattle Disease Eradication Trust Account to be 25 cents (replacing the previous rate of 30 cents), and in sub-clause 3.2, for the purposes of paragraph 6A(3)(d) of the Act, the rate of charge for payment to the National Cattle Disease Eradication Trust Account to be 25 cents (replacing the previous rate of 30 cents).
Regulation 4 is a new regulation, prescribing in sub-clause 4.1, for the purposes of paragraph 6A(2)(f) of the Act, the rate of charge for payment to the Australian Animal Health Council Limited to be 0 cents (replacing the previous rate of 5 cents).