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EXPORT INSPECTION AND MEAT (ESTABLISHMENT REGISTRATION CHARGES) REGULATIONS(AMENDMENT) 1997 NO. 183EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
STATUTORY RULES 1997 No. 183
Issued by the authority of the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy
Export Inspection (Establishment Registration Charges) Act 1985
Export Inspection and Meat (Establishment Registration Charges) Regulations (Amendment)
Section 9 of the Export Inspection (Establishment Registration Charges) Act 1985 (the Act) provides that the Governor-General may make regulations, not inconsistent with the Act, prescribing matters required or permitted by the Act to be prescribed, or necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to the Act.
The Export Inspection and Meat (Establishment Registration Charges) Regulations (the Regulations) prescribe establishment classifications and rates of charge imposed by the Act
The purpose of the proposed Export Inspection and Meat (Establishment Registration Charges) Regulations (Amendment) is to increase existing rates of charge for plant export establishment registrations.
The increased establishment registration fee for plant and plant products is required due to a decline in export activity within the horticulture industry. The amendment is part of a 5.2 per cent increase proposed for all charges within AQIS's Horticulture Program.
Details of the Regulations are as follows:
Regulation 1 - Commencement
Subregulation 1.1 provides for the Export Inspection and Meat (Establishment Registration Charges) Regulations (Amendment) to commence on 1 July 1997.
Regulation 2 - Amendment
Subregulation 2.1 provides that the Regulations are amended as set out in the Export Inspection and Meat (Establishment Registration Charges) Regulations (Amendment).
Regulation 3 - Interpretation
Subregulation 3.1 inserts a definition for grain. A separate category now exists for grain establishments, whereas previously grain was incorporated into the registration fee for plant and plant product establishments.
Regulation 4 - Imposition of Charge
Subregulation 4.1 includes grain in the listing of prescribed commodities which that are specified for establishment registration purposes.
Regulation 5 - Schedule 1 (Registration charges for non-meat establishments)
Subregulation 5.1 provides for an increase in the registration charge for an export establishment associated with the preparation, storage or inspection of plants and plant products from $369 to $388.
Subregulation 5.2 provides for a separate category and charge for grain export establishments. The charge for grain establishments remains at the existing $369 per annum.