As part of the 2020-21 Budget handed down in October 2020, the Government announced it would defer introducing fees and charges by setting them at $0 when the regulation starts. This is to provide relief for businesses dealing with the economic impacts of COVID-19 and gives businesses time to adjust to the new regulations.
This means that currently, exporters do not have to pay either:
- for assessment of a waste export licence
- to make an export declaration through our Waste Export Licensing and Declaration (WELD) portal.
You can view the Cost Recovery Implementation Statement 2020-21 for the waste export ban.
We will start recovering the costs of administering the regulation from 1 July 2023 when exporters will pay for assessment of an application for a waste export licence.
Exporters may also have to pay to make an export declaration through the WELD portal.
They will pay no more than the costs of administering the regulation.
Fees and charges will be developed in line with the Australian Government Charging Framework.
You will be able to provide feedback on the proposed fees and charges through an updated Cost Recovery Implementation Statement in 2022.
View the Cost Recovery Implementation Statement 2020-21 for the waste export ban:
- Cost Recovery Implementation Statement Waste Export Ban 2020-21 (PDF - 601.16 KB)
- Cost Recovery Implementation Statement Waste Export Ban 2020-21 (DOCX - 720 KB)
Provisions to recover costs through fees and charges will be made through regulations made under the following acts:
- Recycling and Waste Reduction Act 2020
- Recycling and Waste Reduction Charges (General) Act 2020
- Recycling and Waste Reduction Charges (Customs) Act 2020
- Recycling and Waste Reduction Charges (Excise) Act 2020.
The Australian Government is investing in recycling and waste programs. Funding the first two and a half years also provides time for these investments to take effect and increase Australia’s capacity to reuse and remanufacture processed waste domestically. These investments are supported by the Recycling Modernisation Fund.