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Cattle Slaughter Levy Act 1960

Authoritative Version
Act No. 7 of 1960 as made
An Act to impose a Levy upon the Slaughter of Beef Cattle.
Date of Assent 10 May 1960
Date of repeal 01 Aug 1964
Repealed by Cattle Slaughter Levy Repeal Act 1964



No. 7 of 1960.

An Act to impose a Levy upon the Slaughter of Beef Cattle.

[Assented to 10th May, 1960.]

BE it enacted by the Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty, the Senate, and the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia, as follows:—

Short title.

1.  This Act may be cited as the Cattle Slaughter Levy Act 1960.


2.  This Act shall come into operation on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

Collection Act to be read with this Act.

3.  The Cattle Slaughter Levy Collection Act 1960 shall be read as one with this Act.



4.  In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears—

“abattoir” includes any place where cattle are slaughtered;

“calf” means a bovine animal the dressed weight of the carcase of which does not exceed—

(a) in the case of a carcase having the skin removed—two hundred pounds; and

(b) in the case of a carcase having the skin on—two hundred and twenty pounds;

“cattle” means bovine animals, but does not include a calf;

“levy” means levy imposed by this Act.

Imposition of levy.

5.—(1.)  On and after the first day of July, One thousand nine hundred and sixty, a levy is imposed upon the slaughter of cattle for human consumption.

(2.)  For the purposes of this section, an animal shall not be taken to have been slaughtered for human consumption if its carcase cannot lawfully be used for human consumption by reason of its having been condemned or rejected by an inspector in pursuance of a law of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory of the Commonwealth.

Rate of levy.

6.  The rate of the levy is such amount, not exceeding Two shillings, per head of cattle slaughtered as is prescribed from time to time.

By whom levy payable.

7.  Levy upon the slaughter of any cattle is payable by the person who owns the cattle at the time when the slaughter takes place.


8.  Where the number of cattle slaughtered for human consumption in a month of the year at the one abattoir does not exceed ten, or such greater number as is prescribed from time to time, levy is not payable upon the slaughter of those cattle.


9.—(1.)  The Governor-General may make regulations, not inconsistent with this Act, prescribing all matters which by this Act are required or permitted to be prescribed, or which are necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.

(2.)  Before making regulations under this section prescribing an amount for the purposes of section six of this Act, or a number of cattle for the purposes of section eight of this Act, the Governor-General shall take into consideration any recommendations with respect to the amount or number made to the Minister by the Australian Cattle and Beef Research Committee constituted under the Cattle and Beef Research Act 1960.