At the request of livestock exporters, the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) has commenced the process to implement a statutory Dairy Cattle Export Charge at a rate of $6 per head, payable at the point of export.
Agricultural levies and export charges are imposed on Australian producers and exporters to fund activities which deliver benefits to an entire industry. Statutory levy funding is used for several purposes including Research, Development and Extension (RD&E), Marketing, biosecurity management and emergency response and preparedness.
Australian livestock exporters currently pay statutory R&D export charges on exported beef cattle, sheep and goats, to the industry’s levy recipient body, LiveCorp.
The collection of the statutory Dairy Cattle Export Charge will ensure that LiveCorp is resourced to administer programs to enhance the productivity, sustainability and competitiveness of Australia’s dairy cattle export industry by undertaking RD&E and providing technical support to dairy cattle exporters.
The collective revenue will be invested for benefit the industry, with a focus on; facilitating and maintaining market access; delivering RD&E projects to improve animal health and welfare through the supply chain and providing technical support for the development of supply chain infrastructure, systems and procedures.
ALEC is undertaking stakeholder consultation on the proposed Dairy Cattle Export Charge from 31 May to 1 September 2017. Following consultation with stakeholders, Australian Government licensed livestock exporters will vote for or against the establishment of the $6 R&D Dairy Cattle Export Charge.
Eligible voters must hold a current Australian Government issued livestock export license and register their eligibility with ALEC. Once registered, eligible voters will be entitled to one vote per export license held.
Eligible voters can register online at; http://auslivestockexport.com/eligible-voter-registration/
For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions below, or contact ALEC on 02 6269 5690 or via email to; firstname.lastname@example.org