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This instrument amends the Biosecurity Regulation 2016 to repeal the fees payable by Australia Post for assessing and managing the biosecurity risk associated with international mail received by Australia Post for the financial years beginning on 1 July 2016, 1 July 2017 and 1 July 2018. It further provides that the fee for this service for each financial year beginning on or after 1 July 2019 is $15.3 million.
Administered by: Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Registered 14 May 2020
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR10-Jun-2020
Tabled Senate10-Jun-2020
Date of repeal 07 Oct 2020
Repealed by Division 1 of Part 3 of Chapter 3 of the Legislation Act 2003

Explanatory Statement

 

Issued by Authority of the Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management

 

Biosecurity Act 2015

 

Biosecurity Amendment (International Mail Fee) Regulations 2020

 

Legislative Authority

 

The Biosecurity Act 2015 (Biosecurity Act) provides the Commonwealth with powers to, amongst other things, assess and manage the risk of pests and diseases entering Australian territory and causing harm to animal, plant and human health, the environment, and the economy.

 

Section 645 of the Biosecurity Act provides that the Governor-General may make regulations regarding matters required or permitted to be prescribed by the Biosecurity Act, or necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to the Biosecurity Act.

 

Section 592 of the Biosecurity Act provides that the regulations may prescribe fees that may be charged in relation to activities (fee-bearing activities) carried out by, or on behalf of, the Commonwealth in performing functions and exercising powers under the Biosecurity Act.

 

Purpose

 

The Biosecurity Amendment (International Mail Fee) Regulations 2020 (the Regulations) amends the Biosecurity Regulation 2016 (the Biosecurity Regulation) to repeal the fees payable by Australia Post for assessing and managing the biosecurity risk associated with international mail received by Australia Post for the financial years beginning on 1 July 2016, 1 July 2017 and 1 July 2018. The Regulations further provide that the fee for this service for each financial year beginning on or after 1 July 2019 is $15.3 million. This is the same amount as the fee charged for the service for the financial year beginning on 1 July 2018.

 

Background

 

The department provides biosecurity clearance functions under the Biosecurity Act through cost recovered arrangements. A proportion of costs are recovered through fees and charges, imposed in accordance with the Australian Government Charging Framework and the Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines.

 

Section 106 of Division 1 of Part 2 of the Biosecurity Regulation sets out the fees that may be charged in relation to the various fee-bearing activities for the purposes of section 592 of the Act. These include the fees for assessing and managing the biosecurity risks associated with mail received by Australia Post from places outside Australian territory in a financial year. Currently, section 106 sets out the fees for this activity for the financial year beginning on 1 July 2016 ($11.7 million) 1 July 2017 ($15.1 million) and 1 July 2018 ($15.3 million).

 

 

In the 2015-16 Budget, the Government announced that the department would move to full cost recovery of services provided to Australia Post for assessing and managing the biosecurity risk associated with international mail items.

 

The move to full cost recovery for this service was implemented through a staged increase to the biosecurity fee charged to Australia Post. The fee of $15.3 million charged for the financial year beginning on 1 July 2018 has been assessed as the full cost of providing this service and is proposed to be maintained for the 2019 financial year and beyond.

 

Consultation

 

The Office of Best Practice Regulation (the OBPR) has been consulted regarding the Regulations. The OBPR consultation references are 16996 and 17726. The OBPR advised that the proposal appears machinery in nature and does not impose any regulatory compliance costs. Hence, a Regulation Impact Statement was not required.

 

Impact and Effect

 

The Regulations allow the Commonwealth to charge Australia Post the fee of $15.3 million for assessing and managing the biosecurity risks associated with international mail items for the financial year beginning on 1 July 2019 and for subsequent financial years beginning on 1 July.

 

Details/ Operation

 

Details of the Regulations are set out in Attachment A.

 

Other

 

The Regulations are compatible with the human rights and freedoms recognised or declared under section 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011. A full statement of compatibility is set out at Attachment B.

 

The Regulations are a legislative instrument for the purposes of the Legislation Act 2003.

 

The Regulations commence the day after registration.

 

Matter incorporated by reference

These Regulations do not apply, adopt or incorporate other matter by reference.


 

 

 

Attachment A

 

Details of the Biosecurity Amendment (International Mail Fee) Regulations 2020

 

Section 1 – Name

 

This section provides that the name of the Regulations is the Biosecurity Amendment (International Mail Fee) Regulations 2020.

 

Section 2 – Commencement

 

This section provides for the Regulations to commence on the day after the Regulations are registered.

 

Section 3 – Authority

 

This section provides that the Regulations are made under the Biosecurity Act 2015.

 

Section 4 – Schedules

 

This section provides that the instrument specified in the Schedule to these Regulations is amended or repealed as set out in that Schedule, and any other item in a Schedule to these Regulations has effect according to its terms.

 

Schedule 1 – Amendments

 

Item 1

 

This item repeals column 2 of table item 25 in section 106 of the Regulation and substitutes a new column 2.

 

Column 2 currently sets out the fees payable by Australia Post for assessing and managing the biosecurity risk associated with international mail received by Australia Post for the financial years beginning on 1 July 2016, 1 July 2017 and 1 July 2018. New column 2 provides that the fee for this service for each financial year beginning on 1 July 2019 is $15.3 million.


 

ATTACHMENT B

 

Statement of Compatibility with Human Rights

 

Prepared in accordance with Part 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011

 

Biosecurity Amendment (International Mail Fee) Regulations 2020

 

The Biosecurity Amendment (International Mail Fee) Regulations 2020 (the Regulations) are compatible with the human rights and freedoms recognised or declared in the international instruments listed in section 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011.

Overview of the Legislative Instrument

 

The Regulations amend the Biosecurity Regulation 2016 (the Biosecurity Regulation) to repeal the fees payable for assessing and managing the biosecurity risk associated with international mail received by Australia Post for the financial years beginning on 1 July 2016, 1 July 2017 and 1 July 2018. The Regulations also provide that the fee of $15.3 million is payable by Australia Post for this service for each financial year beginning on or after 1 July 2019.

Human rights implications

 

These Regulations do not engage any of the applicable rights or freedoms.

           

Conclusion

 

The Regulations are compatible with human rights as they do not raise any human rights issues.

 

 

The Hon. David Littleproud MP

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management