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EXPORT INSPECTION (ESTABLISHMENT REGISTRATION CHARGES) REGULATIONS(AMENDMENT) 1992 NO. 252

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

STATUTORY RULES 1992 No. 252

Issued by the authority of the Minister of State for Primary Industries and Energy

Export Inspection (Establishment Registration Charges) Act 1985

Export Inspection (Establishment Registration Charges) Regulations (Amendment)

Section 9 of the Export Inspection (Establishment Registration Charges) Act 1985 provides that the Governor-General may make Regulations, not inconsistent with this Act, prescribing matters necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.

The Export Inspection (Establishment Registration Charges) Regulations (the Regulations) sets charge rates payable by the users of inspection services provided under the Export Control Act 1982 by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS).

The Export Inspection (Establishment Registration Charges) Regulations (Amendment) amends the Regulations by increasing the number of categories of commodities that must be prepared in registered establishments, introducing new charges for applications for registration or transfer of registration of establishments preparing non-meat products for export and modifying the annual registration charge.

The proposed Regulations amends the Regulations by

       amending Subregulation 4(1)

       inserting new subregulation 4(1A)

       deleting Schedules 1 and 2 and inserting new Schedule 1

Each of these changes is described below under the respective headings.

Imposition of Charge

Previously the Establishment Registration Charge was applicable to dried fruit, fish, fresh fruit and vegetables, poultry meat, plants and plant products. It has been amended to include dairy products and processed fruit and vegetables.

Subregulation 4 (1A) - amended to withdraw the exemption which previously applied to prunes, and to specify establishments which process dairy products for the purpose of subsection 6(1) of the Act, which provides that

       "charges are imposed in relation to the registration of an establishment, being an establishment that is registered for operations associated with the preparation of a prescribed commodity specified in the regulations."

Paragraph 4 (1)(b) - amended to incorporate and specify dried tree fruit and dried vine fruit as one commodity, dried fruit, for the purposes of subsection 6(1) of the Act.

Paragraphs 4(1) (i) & (k) - inserted to specify establishments which process fruit and vegetables, for the purpose of subsection 6(1) of the Act.

New subregulation 4(1A) - inserted to impose an application fee on establishments seeking a new registration or the transfer of an existing registration.

Rates of Charge

Schedules

The former schedules of registration charges specifying monthly and annual rates of charge have been replaced with a single schedule detailing annual rates only.

Regulation 6 - amended to prescribe annual rates of charge for all establishments rather than a mixture of annual and monthly charges which was previously the case.

The proposed Regulations would commence on 1 August 1992.


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