Fees and Charges for Biosecurity Inspections of Plants and Plant Products Imports into Tasmania
Import inspection fees
We charge inspection fees for:
- examination of documents, vessel, or prescribed matter under the Plant Quarantine Act 1997
- Certificates of Release
- examination of unit of freight
There are two separate charges, depending on what is being inspected:
- Examination of documents, plants, grain/seed, flowers, fruit & vegetable or other prescribed matter (per 15 minute unit during normal hours weekday): $28.90
- Examination per unit of freight (per 15 minute unit during normal hours weekday): $19.55
The amendment of the Plant Quarantine Regulations 2017 are contained in the Regulatory Impact Statement for the Draft Plant Quarantine Amendment Regulations 2019.
Exemption and remission of fees
Under section 99 of the Plant Quarantine Act 1997 the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (NRE Tas) may, by public notice, exempt any prescribed matter, place, person or class of person from complying with this Act. Such an exemption can include a full or partial waiver of fees that would otherwise be payable under the Plant Quarantine Regulations 2017.
A person can seek a waiver/remission of fees on the grounds of financial hardship or public interest, or any other factor the person feel may be relevant. An application for a reduction or waiver of fees must be
Exemptions for persons or classes of persons will only be granted in exceptional circumstances, and are required by law to be publically notified in the Tasmanian Government Gazette.