Australian Prawn Farm White Spot Disease Recovery Levy – Proposed amendment
From 1 January 2020, a white spot disease repayment (WSDR) component at a rate of 3.01 cents per kilogram was introduced to the farmed prawns levy and charge to repay the government-underwritten assistance package provided to prawn farmers affected by white spot disease in the Logan River area of Queensland. The industry contribution to the package, initially paid by the Australian Government, amounts to $3.998 million to be repaid through the WSDR levy.
In an effort to assist Australian prawn farmers while they work through the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Prawn Farmers Association (APFA) approached the Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management for assistance.
The Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management offered to set the WSDR levy and charge to nil for 12 months. This would require an amendment to regulation and take time to implement.
A survey went out via email to prawn farmers asking for their vote.
After considering the results of the survey, APFA has asked the Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management to set the WSDR levy and charge to nil for 12 months.
Levy Objection Period
As required by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, APFA is holding an objection period, during which levy payers may provide any feedback.
The objection period is set as follows (30 calendar days):
Start Date: 22 July 2020
Finish Date: 20 August 2020 (5PM Queensland time].
Written objections should include the reasons for the objection and can be submitted during the Objection Period to:
- APFA Executive Officer: Kim.Hooper@apfa.com.au ; OR
- Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment at email@example.com
Please note the above email address for the Department allows for confidential objections to be made.
Australian Prawn Farmers Association