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Government Cuts Charges on Agvet Chemicals

NRA Media Release 00/6 8 June 2000

The Government has recently agreed to a significant drop in the levy on agricultural and veterinary chemical products used to fund the NRA's regulatory activities.

The levy will drop from 0.75% to 0.65% and is collected annually based on the disposal value of each chemical product for the preceding calendar year. Disposal value is the combined value of products that were sold, used or given away in Australia.

Dr Keniry, Chairman of the National Registration Authority, said that while maintaining the quality and rigour of the assessment of agvet chemicals, the cut in the levy had been achieved as a direct result of productivity improvements, which had been a priority for the NRA in recent years.

The levy is payable on every agricultural and veterinary chemical product registered for use in Australia with a leviable value of $100,000 or more per calendar year. The maximum amount of levy payable on any one product is capped at $25,000 per year.

Registrants of agricultural and veterinary products will shortly receive levy notices from the NRA for payment of levy for the calendar year that commenced on 1 January 1999. Payment is due by 31 August 2000.

 

Attachment:

9 June 2000

Dear Registrant,

I am very pleased to advise that the National Registration Authority has reduced the rate of levy applied to all agricultural and veterinary chemical products with a leviable value of $100,000 or more per calendar year. The levy rate has been cut from 0.75% to 0.65% and is payable based on the disposal value of chemical product in the calendar year commencing 1 January 1999.

The cut in the levy comes as a direct result of productivity improvements in the operation of the National Registration Authority being passed straight back to those who pay the levy in the first instance. It will mean cost savings of more than a million dollars for the agricultural and veterinary chemical products industry.

Please find a levy assessment notice attached listing all agricultural and veterinary chemical products registered to your organisation. As in previous years, the maximum amount of levy payable on any one product is capped at $25,000 per year. In anticipation of the levy reduction being agreed by the Government, the due date for your payment to reach the NRA has, this year, been put back to 31 August 2000.

For your information, I have also enclosed a copy of our press release announcing the reduced rate of levy.

Yours faithfully
Dr Alison Turner
Chief Executive Officer
National Registration Authority for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals

PO Box E240 KINGSTON ACT 2600 Australia

(c) National Registration Authority 2000

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