List of recommendations
committee recommends that the Primary Industries Levies and Charges
Collection Act 1991 be amended, consistent with subsections 27(3) and
27(3A), to enable the collection and distribution of levy payer information
which will allow the creation of levy payer databases for all agricultural
industries that pay agricultural levies. The committee further recommends that
levy payer databases be established within two years of the legislative
committee recommends that data collected for the purposes of levy databases and
held by the Department of Agriculture should be limited to information
sufficient to enable organisations responsible for spending or allocating levy
funds to communicate with levy payers and enable votes to be allocated on a
production basis. Data should include location, contact details, crop or
enterprise type and production volume and/or value. Databases should be held by
the appropriate levy-payer owned body, and be available to appropriate
authorities under circumstances of biosecurity emergencies.
committee recommends the establishment of a cost-effective, automated
agricultural levy system. The system should identify levy payers against levies
paid. The automated system should provide for more immediate settlement of levy
fees paid and the alocation of voting entitlements where relevant. It should be
subject to regular independent auditing and verification.
committee recommends that where industry sectors are subject to levies by both
states and territories and the Commonwealth, the merging of record keeping and
levy collection should be investigated to avoid duplication and reduce costs to
committee recommends that the Department of Agriculture provide agricultural
industries with a timeframe for levy application and amendment decisions.
committee recommends that the Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with
relevant agricultural industries, conduct a review of the process to establish
and amend agricultural levies including modifications to levy components. The
review should identify methods to provide for a more cost-effective and
responsive process while maintaining an appropriate level of accountability.
committee recommends that the Department of Agriculture review and if
necessary, redraft the criteria for Prescribed Industry Bodies (PIBs) with a
view to developing a transparent, uniform and contestable process, including
published criteria and thresholds as applicable, for the recognition of PIBs
for the purposes of collecting levies.
committee further recommends that PIBs already recognised under legislation
should be required by the Department of Agriculture to conclusively
demonstrate, within a period of no more than five years, that they meet the
criteria referred to in Recommendation 7 in order to remain the recognised PIB
for their relevant industry sector.
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