Bills Digest No. 130 1999-2000Dairy Adjustment Levy (Customs) Bill 2000

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Passage History
Main Provisions
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Passage History

Dairy Adjustment Levy (Customs) Bill 2000

Date Introduced: 16 February 2000

House: House of Representatives

Portfolio: Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Commencement: 8 July 2000


The Bill forms part of a package of Bills that provide an adjustment program for the deregulation of the Australian dairy industry. The Bill provides for the imposition of the dairy adjustment levy to the extent that it is a duty of customs.


This Bill together with the Dairy Adjustment Levy (General) Bill 2000 and the Dairy Adjustment Levy (Excise) Bill 2000 are Bills which impose taxation. Three separate Bills are required to satisfy section 55 of the Constitution which in part provides:

Laws imposing taxation, except laws imposing duties of customs or of excise, shall deal with one subject of taxation only; but laws imposing duties of customs shall deal with duties of customs only, and laws imposing duties of excise shall deal with duties of excise only.

For further background the reader is referred to the Digest for the Dairy Industry Adjustment Bill 2000.

Main Provisions

Clause 5 imposes formally the levy to be known as the dairy adjustment levy. The levy is only imposed in so far as it is a duty of customs. The rate of the levy is 11 cents per litre (subclause 6(1)). It is to be applied to milk products marketed or for use principally as a beverage for human consumption or an ingredient for use in making a beverage for human consumption (clause 4). Other milk products such as powdered milk and milk concentrates will initially not be subject to a levy. Subclauses 6(2)-6(3) provide a mechanism for calculating the volume of these products for levy purposes should they become subject to the levy at a later date.

The levy can be reduced by regulation (subclause 6(1)(b)).

Clause 7 provides that the Bill does not impose a tax on property of any kind belonging to a State.

Contact Officer and Copyright Details

Mary Anne Neilsen
7 March 2000
Bills Digest Service
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