Industry structures and systems governing the imposition and disbursement of marketing and research and development (R&D) levies in the agriculture sector

30 June 2015

© Commonwealth of Australia 2015
ISBN 978-1-76010-257-9

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View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Membership of the committee (PDF 24KB)
Abbreviations (PDF 6KB)
List of recommendations (PDF 29KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction and background (PDF 105KB)

Conduct of the inquiry
Levies in the agricultural sector
Recent reports and reviews into the agricultural levies system
Market failure
Context of the inquiry

Chapter 2 - Levy structure (PDF 245KB)

Levy calculation and collection
Departmental administrative charges and payment of levy collectors
Identification of levy payers and a levy payer database
Levy rates and arrangements
Approval and modification of levies

Chapter 3 (PDF 203KB)

Accountability to government and the tax payer
Accountability to industry and levy payers
Opportunities for levy payers to influence levy investment

Chapter 4 - Committee view and recommendations (PDF 45KB)

Fundamental principles underpinning the agriculture levy system
Automated and transparent levy collection and vote entitlement system
Flexibility and transparency in levy change arrangements
Prescribed Industry Bodies

Additional Comments by Senator David Leyonhjelm (PDF 25KB)

Additional Recommendations

Appendix 1 - Submissions received (PDF 32KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 26KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3511