Explanation of your levies

2018-19

How do I know what my levies will be?

You will have recently received a licence renewal notice that includes the levies for your commercial licence for 2018/19.

Levies

Management – covers operational policy and management services for each of Victoria's commercial fishing licence classes, including services for setting of quota and harvest limits in quota fisheries.

Compliance – covers inspection services provided by Fisheries Officers, including preparation and travel required to undertake inspections.

Research – covers data collection and analysis services required to monitor and assess fish stocks.

Administration – covers catch and effort recording services, support for app-based services for licences not subject to transaction fees, and industry participation on the Fisheries Cost Recovery Standing Committee.

FRDC Levy – the Victorian Government collects a levy that goes to the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) on behalf of all commercial fishing licence holders in Victoria, including aquaculture. The amount collected is set through the Fisheries (Fees, Royalties and Levies) Regulations 2008 at 0.25% of the Gross Value of Production (GVP) of each licence class (averaged over the preceding 3 years). GVP is the gross weight of fish harvested per annum multiplied by the average price per kg of the fish.

Grants levy – a grants levy is collected on behalf of all wild-catch commercial licence classes and fish receivers for representation by Seafood Industry Victoria (SIV).  The monies collected by the Department are subsequently disbursed in their entirety through a Ministerial grant to SIV.  

Adjustments

As part of the new cost recovery system, consultation is used to discuss cost recovered services and levies. An important part of these discussions is finding ways to improve the efficiency of services described in the service schedule for each licence class and also to ensure that levies properly reflect the services delivered. An annual process of review and adjustment is overseen by the Fisheries Cost Recovery Standing Committee and is used for determining changes to the Fishery Service levies set in the Fisheries (Fees, Royalties and Levies) Regulations (the Regulations).

Where an ongoing change to a levy is required, this is made through the Regulations and is referred to as an adjustment. Where a change is temporary or partial, for example for only one year or for part of a service, the change is provided through a refund (as an offset) or waiver.

For each year of the new cost recovery system, both types of change to levies have occurred. For 2018-19, only the offsets will be applied as new Regulations were made in late 2017.  

The Fisheries (Fees, Royalties and Levies) Regulations 2008 sunsetted at the end of January 2018 and were re-made in 2017 to take effect from that time. A Regulatory Impact Statement and consultation process occurred prior to the re-making of the regulations and you should have received notification of this by email or post in September 2017. The cost recovery levies set in the re-made Regulations did not change from those set in March 2017. There were changes made to some transaction fees in the new regulations.          

The new regulations can be viewed at http://www.legislation.vic.gov.au/ under Victorian Statute Book > Statutory Rules by Title > 2017 > Fisheries (Fees, Royalties and Levies) Regulations 2017.

Adjustments apply from 1 April for that year and apply to all of the licences held within a licence class except for Rock Lobster, Giant Crab and Sea Urchin who renew at 1 July. Waivers may be identified throughout the year and notification is provided to affected licence holders.

Offsets

For 2018/19, offsets have been provided to levies where services were not fully delivered according to the service schedule for that licence class. Eight licence classes will receive an offset for Compliance Services in 2018-19.

A summary of offsets for each licence class for 2018/19 is provided below:

Table 1. Offsets per licence for waivers and reductions to be applied to commercial levies for 2018/19 licensing year under Regulation 23B.

 

Fishery Service

Licence Class

Management($)

Compliance ($)

Research($)

Administration($)

Abalone - Western zone

$0

Due July 2018

8.38

$0

$0

Corner Inlet

283.47

PPB Mussel Dive

265.24

Scallop (ocean)

19.54

Crown Land Offshore

233.13

Crown Land Other

167.52

Onshore abalone

51.65

Private Land Marine

Rock Lobster Eastern Zone

Rock Lobster Western Zone

71.20

*denotes the amount to be offset, or waived, per licence/quota for a Fishery Service.

Concessions

A number of concessions were provided by the Minister prior to the new, forward looking cost recovery system commencing on 1 April 2014. A summary of the concessions can be found at Fisheries Cost Recovery 2018.

The small operator concession is assessed on an annual basis. The licence classes eligible for this concession for 2018-19 under the new cost recovery system are listed below, along with those from the previous two years:

2018/19

2017/18

2016/17

Gippsland Lakes Mussel Dive

Gippsland Lakes Mussel Dive

Gippsland Lakes Mussel Dive

Port Phillip Bay Mussel Dive

Port Phillip Bay Mussel Dive

Port Phillip Bay Mussel Dive

Private Land Eels – levies lower than concession


Bait General

Lake Tyers Bait

Lake Tyers Bait

Lake Tyers Bait

Sydenham Inlet Bait


Sydenham Inlet Bait

Snowy River Bait

Snowy River Bait

Snowy River Bait

Private Land Yabbies – levies lower than concession

Private Land Eels

Giant Crab

Private Land Other

Private Land Other

Private Land Yabbies*

Private Land Marine

Private Land Marine

Private Land Marine

Private Land Tourism

Private Land Tourism

Private Land Tourism

Crown Land Abalone

Crown Land Abalone

Crown Land Abalone

Scallop (Ocean) – levies now lower than concession

Scallop (Ocean)

Scallop (Ocean)*

Crown Land Other



Abalone royalties and grants levies

Grants levies

In addition to the grants levy for representation by SIV, a grants levy is collected on behalf of abalone western and central zone licence classes, with the monies disbursed through a Ministerial grant to Western Zone Abalone Association (WADA) and Abalone Victoria Central Zone (AVCZ), respectively.   

Royalties

Royalties apply to abalone quota units only.

Royalties vary from year to year dependent upon the gross value of production (GVP) for the fishery in the given year. For each of the 3 abalone licence classes, the sum of the levies for Fishery Services, FRDC levy and Royalties will total 7.2% of GVP. Therefore as the levy for Fishery Services decreases, the Royalties increase and vice versa. This provides a cap on the amount paid by abalone licence holders and the services delivered to these licence classes.

What next?

The cost recovery system operates on an annual basis. Following the issue of licences, Fishery Services are delivered and reported on twice per year. Service delivery is assessed around August to October each year and, if under-delivery has occurred, offsets and adjustments are calculated. When issues arise in a fishery and additional services are required, this is also assessed and may lead to additional levies being established for the following year. However, no further levying will occur until the next licensing year.

The Fisheries Cost Recovery Standing Committee (FCRSC) oversees the implementation of the fisheries cost recovery system and meets up to four times per year. Their role is to advise the Minister on cost recovery matters across all fisheries at a strategic level.

Consultation with individual licence classes can occur at any point during the year so that adjustment to services and the associated costs can be established for the following licensing year.    

To see the Fishery Services provided to your fishery, please visit Fishery Specific Service Schedules.

To see the latest report on services delivered to your fishery, please visit Cost Recovery Reporting.

To see what matters have been considered by Fisheries Cost Recovery Standing Committee (FCRSC), please visit the FCRSC main page.

Contact details by fishery

Fishery

Manager

Phone

Email





Abalone

Kate Simpson

5258 0205

kate.simpson@vfa.vic.gov.au

Bait

Dallas D'Silva

8392 6846

dallas.d'silva@vfa.vic.gov.au

Corner Inlet

Kate Simpson

5258 0205

kate.simpson@vfa.vic.gov.au

Eels

Monique Leane

8392 6877

monique.leane@vfa.vic.gov.au

Fish Receivers

Kate Simpson

5258 0205

kate.simpson@vfa.vic.gov.au

Giant Crab

Melissa Schubert

8392 6849

melissa.schubert@vfa.vic.gov.au

Gippsland Lakes

Kate Simpson

5258 0205

kate.simpson@vfa.vic.gov.au

Gippsland Lakes Mussel Dive

Dallas D'Silva

5258 0280

toby.jeavons@vfa.vic.gov.au

Port Phillip Bay (Mussel Bait)

Dallas D'Silva

8392 6846

dallas.d'silva@vfa.vic.gov.au

Ocean

Dallas D'Silva

8392 6846

dallas.d'silva@vfa.vic.gov.au

Purse Seine Ocean

Dallas D'Silva

8392 6846

dallas.d'silva@vfa.vic.gov.au

Rock Lobster

Melissa Schubert

8392 6849

melissa.schubert@vfa.vic.gov.au

Scallop Ocean

Toby Jeavons

5258 0280

toby.jeavons@vfa.vic.gov.au

Scallop Dive

Dallas D'Silva

8392 6846

dallas.d'silva@vfa.vic.gov.au

Sea Urchin

Kate Simpson

5258 0205

kate.simpson@vfa.vic.gov.au

Inshore Trawl

Toby Jeavons

5258 0280

toby.jeavons@vfa.vic.gov.au

Westernport/Port Phillip Bay

Dallas D'Silva

8392 6846

dallas.d'silva@vfa.vic.gov.au

Wrasse

Toby Jeavons

5258 0280

toby.jeavons@vfa.vic.gov.au

Aquaculture Crown Land Eels

Monique Leane

8392 6877

monique.leane@vfa.vic.gov.au

Aquaculture Crown Land

Andrew Clarke

5258 0207

andrew.clarke@vfa.vic.gov.au

Aquaculture Private Land

Andrew Clarke

5258 0207

andrew.clarke@vfa.vic.gov.au