The American Foulbrood Beekeeper Levy for 2022/23 is to remain the same at $40 per beekeeper and $1.70 per colony

Notification of rate of levy for the 2022-23 levy year

Pursuant to clause 12 of the Biosecurity (American Foulbrood – Beekeeper Levy) Order 2003, notice is herby given that for the 2021-22 levy year, the rates of the beekeeper and colony levies (exclusive of GST) and the basis of calculation will be:

  1. $40 per beekeeper for the base levy; plus
  2. $1.70 per colony owned by the beekeeper as at 31 March 2021.

Management Agency response to submissions on proposal to set the American Foulbrood – Beekeeper Levy for 2022/23 At $40 per beekeeper and $1.70 per colony

In March 2019, the Management Agency for the National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan (the Agency) conducted consultation amongst beekeepers to seek their views about a proposal to replace the American Foulbrood Apiary and Beekeeper Levy with Hive and Beekeeper Levy. The proposal sought increased levy funding to implement a robust monitoring and audit programme that would ensure that all beekeepers are taking responsibility for eliminating AFB from their beehives.

The March 2019 proposal was accepted and implemented a robust monitoring and audit programme that is being progressively rolled out over a five-year period.

The Agency reviewed the proposed monitoring and audit programme budget for 2022/23 and in September 2021 proposed to beekeepers that the rate of levy be set at a rate lower than originally planned – $40.00 ($46 including GST) per beekeeper and $1.70 ($1.96 including GST) per colony.

Eighty-seven submissions were received. The Agency would like to thank submitters for their feedback on the proposed budget for 2022/23.

Agency decisions

Having considered the submissions, the Agency has decided to set that rate of levy for 2022/23 at $40 ($46 including GST) per beekeeper and $1.70 ($1.96 including GST) per colony.

The reasons for this decision are:

  • 65% of submitters agreed that the rate of levy for 2022/23 should remain the same and 28% of submitters disagreed.
  • The primary objection stated by submissions against the proposed rate of levy was that it was too high and should be lower.
  • The Agency considers that it is imperative to continue to fund a robust monitoring, audit and enforcement programme to prevent AFB from causing significant increases in beehive losses.

The analysis of submissions can be found in the documents here:

Levy proposal documents

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