Quarantine Service Fees Amendment Determination 2009 (No. 1)

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Quarantine Service Fees Amendment Determination 2009 (No. 1)1
I, TONY BURKE, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, make the following Determination under section 86E of the Quarantine Act 1908.
Dated 17.6                                 2009
Tony Burke
TONY BURKE
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
1              Name of Determination
                This Determination is the Quarantine Service Fees Amendment Determination 2009 (No. 1).
2              Commencement
                This Determination commences on 1 July 2009.
3              Amendment of Quarantine Service Fees Determination 2005
                Schedule 1 amends the Quarantine Service Fees Determination 2005.
4              Transitional
         (1)   Subject to subsection (2), the amendments made by Schedule 1 apply to a service performed or assessment conducted on or after the day on which this Determination commences.
         (2)   The amendments made by Schedule 1 that relate to lodgment fees apply to an application or entry lodged on or after the day on which this Determination commences.
Schedule 1        Amendments
(section 3)
 
[1]           Section 5
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In this Determination:
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         (1)   In this Determination:
[2]           Section 5, definition of assessable item
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assessable item: see subsections (2) and (3).
[3]           Section 5, definition of assessment fee
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Division 2
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Division 2 or 4A
[4]           Section 5, after definition of assessment fee
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combined military activity means a military operation or a military training activity (excluding exhibitions, displays and air shows) where the Australian Defence Force and at least one other foreign military force act together to accomplish a military objective.
[5]           Section 5, definition of initial assessment period
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initial assessment period, for an assessment, means the period identified as the initial assessment period in the item of Schedule 1 that relates to the assessment.
[6]           Section 5, definition of lodgment fee
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Division 1A
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Division 1A or 4
[7]           Section 5, definition of service
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service means the doing of anything in connection with a matter referred to in any of paragraphs 86E (1) (a) to (f) of the Act, but does not include:
                (a)    a lodgment mentioned in column 2 of an item in Division 1A or 4 of Part 1 of Schedule 1; or
               (b)    an assessment mentioned in column 2 of an item in Division 2 or 4A of Part 1 of Schedule 1.
Note   The exclusion of the specified lodgments and assessments from the definition of service does not affect the extent to which fees may be determined for those lodgments and assessments under section 86E of the Act.
[8]           Section 5
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         (2)   Subject to subsection (3), assessable item means an item on an application for a permit, or on an application for the variation of a permit, that identifies the importation or proposed importation of particular goods or goods in a particular class.
         (3)   If:
                (a)    2 or more items on an application for a permit, or on an application for the variation of a permit, relate to standard goods (whether or not the goods are of the same class); and
               (b)    the goods have a similar level of quarantine risk;
the items are taken to be 1 assessable item.
Note   Subsection (3) enables a single fee to be charged for goods that have a similar level of quarantine risk.
[9]           Subsection 6 (1)
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For section 86E of the Act, and subject to sections 7, 8, 8A, 8B and 8C of this Determination,
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For section 86E of the Act,
[10]         Subsection 6 (2)
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Division 1, 1A or 2
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Division 1
[11]         After section 6
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6A           Fees for applications and entries
Lodgment fees
         (1)   For section 86E of the Act, a fee is required to be paid for a lodgment mentioned in column 2 of an item in Division 1A or 4 of Part 1 of Schedule 1. The amount of the fee is set out in, or worked out in accordance with, column 3 of the item.
Assessment fees
         (2)   For section 86E of the Act, a fee is required to be paid for an assessment mentioned in column 2 of an item in Division 2 or 4A of Part 1 of Schedule 1. The amount of the fee is set out in, or worked out in accordance with, column 3 of the item.
Assessments outside ordinary hours of duty
         (3)   If an officer conducts an assessment mentioned in Division 2 or 4A of Part 1 of Schedule 1 outside the officer’s ordinary hours of duty, a fee is required to be paid. The amount of the fee is worked out in accordance with the relevant item in Division 3 of that Part as if all references in that Division to:
                (a)    a service were references to an assessment; and
               (b)    the performance of a service were references to the conducting of an assessment.
         (4)   If a person requests an assessment to be conducted at a particular time, and conducting the assessment at that time would attract a fee under subsection (3), AQIS must tell the person about the fee before the assessment is conducted.
Note   Section 8 deals with when an additional fee must be paid.
Approval of co-located premises under section 46A of the Act
         (5)   If:
                (a)    a person operates more than 1 premises at the same location; and
               (b)    applications mentioned in column 2 of an item in Division 4 or 4A of Part 1 of Schedule 1 are lodged in respect of 2 or more of those premises for a financial year;
a fee under this section is only required in respect of the first application.
Note   Divisions 4 and 4A of Part 1 of Schedule 1 relate to lodgment fees and assessment fees for applications for approval and renewals of approval of premises under section 46A of the Act.
[12]         Section 7
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7              Multiple fees
                Unless the contrary intention appears, each fee required by this Determination in respect of a service, lodgment or assessment is in addition to each other fee required by this Determination to be paid in respect of the service, lodgment or assessment.
[13]         Section 8
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8              Due date for payment of fees
         (1)   A fee required by section 6 of this Determination must be paid:
                (a)    if the fee relates to a service for which the fees can be worked out before the service is provided and the amount of the fee is worked out before the service is provided — on demand for payment; or
               (b)    in any other case — by the close of business on the last day for payment of the fee shown on an invoice issued by AQIS.
         (2)   A fee required by subsection 6A (1) must be paid when the application or entry is lodged.
         (3)   A fee required by subsection 6A (2) for an initial assessment period must be paid when the application or entry is lodged.
         (4)   A fee required by this Determination to which none of subsections (1), (2) or (3) applies must be paid by the close of business on the last day for payment of the fee shown on an invoice issued by AQIS.
         (5)   A demand for payment of a fee must not be made unless the person liable to pay the fee, or the person’s agent, has been informed of the amount payable.
         (6)   If a fee is required to be paid before a quarantine service is provided, a quarantine officer may withhold the provision of the quarantine service until the fee is paid.
         (7)   If a fee is required to be paid in respect of the lodgment of an application or entry, the application or entry is taken not to be lodged until the fee is paid.
         (8)   If a fee is required to be paid before an application or entry is assessed, a quarantine officer is not required to conduct the assessment until the fee is paid.
[14]         Sections 8A and 8B
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[15]         Section 8C
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8C           Persons by whom fees are payable
         (1)   A fee required by this Determination for the lodgment of an application or entry is payable by the person who lodges the application or entry.
         (2)   Any other fee required under this Determination is payable by the person to whom the relevant service is, or is to be, provided.
[16]         Subsection 9 (1)
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the basic fee for a service
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a basic fee
[17]         Section 10, heading
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10            When this Determination does not apply
[18]         Subsection 10 (1)
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provided by AQIS under the Act in relation to
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performed, or to applications or entries lodged or assessed, in relation to
[19]         Paragraph 10 (1) (d)
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joint military operation with the Australian Defence Force
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combined military activity
[20]         Schedule 1, heading
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Schedule 1        Fees
(sections 6, 6A)
[21]         Schedule 1, item 2, column 3
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$10
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$15.00
[22]         Schedule 1, item 3, column 3
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$10
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$14.00
[23]         Schedule 1, item 5, column 3, paragraph (a)
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$16
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$24.00
[24]         Schedule 1, item 5, column 3, subparagraph (b) (i)
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$16
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$24.00
[25]         Schedule 1, item 5, column 3, subparagraph (b) (ii)
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$4
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$6.00
[26]         Schedule 1, items 6 and 7
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[27]         Schedule 1, item 8, column 3
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$35.50
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$40.00
[28]         Schedule 1, item 9, column 3, paragraph (a)
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$80
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$90.00
[29]         Schedule 1, item 9, column 3, paragraph (b)
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$40
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$45.00
[30]         Schedule 1, item 11, column 3
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$2.20
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$2.40
[31]         Schedule 1, item 12, column 3
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$714
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$900.00
[32]         Schedule 1, items 13 and 14
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[33]         Schedule 1, item 15, column 3
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$7
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$9.00
[34]         Schedule 1, item 16, column 3, paragraph (a)
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$20
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$25.00
[35]         Schedule 1, item 16, column 3, paragraph (b)
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$12
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$15.00
[36]         Schedule 1, item 17, including the note
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[37]         Schedule 1, items 18 and 19
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18
Electronic lodgment of an application for a permit, or variation of a permit
 
$85.00

 
Note   This lodgment fee is in addition to the assessment fee worked out in accordance with Division 2.

19
Manual lodgment of an application for a permit, or variation of a permit
 
$150.00

 
Note   This lodgment fee is in addition to the assessment fee worked out in accordance with Division 2.

[38]         Schedule 1, item 20, column 3
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For each entry:
   (a)  for the initial assessment period— $40.00; and
   (b)  for each quarter hour, or part of a quarter hour, after the initial assessment period — $40.00; and
   (c)  if the officer assessing the entry requires information additional to the information in the entry – $40.00.
For this item, the initial assessment period is the period (up to 30 minutes) taken by the officer in conducting the assessment.
[39]         Schedule 1, item 21, column 3
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For each entry:
   (a)  for the initial assessment period:
         (i)   if the goods are of quarantine concern — $8.00; or
        (ii)   if the goods are of both quarantine and of imported food concern — $40.00; and
   (b)  for each quarter hour, or part of a quarter hour, after the initial assessment period — $40.00.
For this item, the initial assessment period is the period (up to 30 minutes) taken by the officer in conducting the assessment.
[40]         Schedule 1, item 22, column 2
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a manually lodged
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an
[41]         Schedule 1, item 23, column 3
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For each assessable item:
   (a)  for the initial assessment period — $80.00; and
   (b)  for each quarter hour, or part of a quarter hour, after the initial assessment period — $40.00.
For this item, the initial assessment period is the period (up to 1 hour) taken by the officer in conducting the assessment.
[42]         Schedule 1, item 24, column 3
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For each assessable item:
   (a)  for the initial assessment period — $160.00; and
   (b)  for each quarter hour, or part of a quarter hour, after the initial assessment period — $40.00.
For this item, the initial assessment period is the period (up to 2 hours) taken by the officer in conducting the assessment.
[43]         Schedule 1, item 25, column 3
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For each assessable item:
   (a)  for the initial assessment period — $240.00; and
   (b)  for each quarter hour, or part of a quarter hour, after the initial assessment period — $40.00.
For this item, the initial assessment period is the period (up to 3 hours) taken by the officer in conducting the assessment.
[44]         Schedule 1, item 25A, column 3
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For each assessable item:
   (a)  for the initial assessment period — $320.00; and
   (b)  for each quarter hour, or part of a quarter hour, after the initial assessment period — $40.00.
For this item, the initial assessment period is the period (up to 4 hours) taken by the officer in conducting the assessment.
[45]         Schedule 1, item 27, column 2
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Division 1, 1A or 2
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Division 1, 2 or 4A
[46]         Schedule 1, item 27, paragraph (a), column 3, paragraph (a)
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$15
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$16.00
[47]         Schedule 1, item 27, paragraph (a), column 3, subparagraph (b) (i)
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$135
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$192.00
[48]         Schedule 1, item 27, paragraph (a), column 3, subparagraph (b) (ii)
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$15
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$16.00
[49]         Schedule 1, item 27, paragraph (b), columns 2 and 3
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   (b)  a Saturday, Sunday or AQIS holiday
For each officer performing the service:
   (a)  for any period up to 3 hours — $288.00; and
   (b)  for each quarter hour, or part of a quarter hour, after the 3-hour period — $24.00
[50]         Schedule 1, item 27, paragraphs (c) and (d)
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[51]         Schedule 1, item 28, column 2
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Division 1, 1A or 2
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Division 1, 2 or 4A
[52]         Schedule 1, Part 1, Division 4
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Division 4              Quarantine approved premises – application lodgment fees
 
Column 1
Column 2
Column 3

Item
Lodgment
Fee

29
Application for approval, or renewal of approval, of premises under section 46A of the Act for:
   (a)  a financial year; or
   (b)  if the application is made on or before 1 January in a financial year — part of the financial year
$1 200.00

30
Application for approval, or renewal of approval, of premises for part of a financial year, if the application is made after 1 January in the financial year
$600.00

Division 4A           Quarantine approved premises — application assessment fees
 
Column 1
Column 2
Column 3

Item
Assessment
Fee

31
Application for approval, or renewal of approval, of premises for a financial year or part of a financial year, including the inspection of premises and examination of documentation related to the application
For each officer conducting the assessment:
   (a)  for the first half hour, or part of a half hour — $90.00; and
   (b)  for each quarter hour, or part of a quarter hour, after the first half hour — $45.00

[53]         Schedule 1, items 44 and 45
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44
Routine inspection for the purpose of granting pratique at the first seaport of call in Australia:
 

 
   (a)  for a vessel, other than an aircraft, that is 25 metres or more long:
 

 
         (i)   if the inspection is an inspection of documents only
$800.00

 
        (ii)   otherwise
For each officer performing the inspection:
   (a)  for any period up to 2 hours —
$1 050.00; and
   (b)  for each quarter hour, or part of a quarter hour, after the 2-hour period — $45.00

 
   (b)  for a vessel, other than an aircraft, that is up to 25 metres long
For each officer performing the inspection:
   (a)  for any period up to an hour and a half — $330.00; and
   (b)  for each quarter hour, or part of a quarter hour, after the first hour and a half — $45.00

45
Performance of an inspection service in relation to a vessel (other than an aircraft), on a day, being an inspection service for which a fee is not mentioned in item 44:
 

 
   (a)  if:
         (i)   at least 24 hours before the performance of the service on the day is to start, the master of the vessel requests AQIS that the rate in column 3 for this paragraph apply for the day; and
        (ii)   the Secretary decides that the rate should apply
For each officer performing the service — $900.00 for the day or part of the day

 
   (b)  if paragraph (a) does not apply
For each officer performing the service:
   (a)  for the first half hour, or part of a half hour — $90.00; and
   (b)  for each quarter hour, or part of a quarter hour, after the first half hour — $45.00

 
Example   A follow-up inspection for a vessel other than an aircraft, or an inspection for the purposes of issuing a ship sanitation certificate, would be an inspection service covered by this item.

 
Note   Paragraph (a) allows for the master of a vessel to request a daily rate of $900.00 for an inspection service. If AQIS agrees, that rate will apply.

[54]         Schedule 1, item 47
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47
Performance of a service mentioned in an item of Division 1 on:
 

 
   (a)  a weekday (outside ordinary hours of duty)
For each officer performing the service:
   (a)  if the services are performed continuously with the officer’s ordinary hours of work — $16.00 for each quarter hour, or part of a quarter hour; or
   (b)  in any other case:
         (i)   for any period up to 3 hours — $192.00; and
        (ii)   for each quarter hour, or part of a quarter hour, after the 3-hour period — $16.00

 
   (b)  a Saturday, Sunday or AQIS holiday
For each officer performing the service:
   (a)  for any period up to 3 hours — $288.00; and
   (b)  for each quarter hour, or part of a quarter hour, after the 3-hour period — $24.00

 
Notes
1.       All legislative instruments and compilations are registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments kept under the Legislative Instruments Act 2003. See www.frli.gov.au.
 

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