Horse levy review now available
THE Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has released the Horse Disease Response Levy Review consultation report, following public consultation.
The horse disease response levy is the mechanism for the industry to contribute to the cost of responding to an emergency animal disease affecting horses, the cost of which is shared by the Commonwealth, state and territory governments and industry under the Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement.
Head of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resource’s Biosecurity Policy and Implementation Division, Matt Koval, said the nil-rated levy is reviewed every five years.
“Under the current arrangements, the levy would be placed on manufactured feed and worm treatments in the event of a disease affecting horses,” Mr Koval said.
“This agreement is there to give the horse industry confidence that the resources and finances will be available, should an emergency disease in horses reach our shores.”
The review position paper is available at agriculture.gov.au/horse levyreview.