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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2012
YEARBOOK2012 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA 70 The South Australian Government has now set up an Animal Health Cost Recovery Reference Group to examine whether cost recovery for animal health services is appropriate and where it should be applied.The Group will focus on: • How the principles of cost recovery should be applied; • Transitioning arrangements where cost recovery is applied; • The obligations of Government and the services required by industry to deliver sustainable business outcomes. While SAFF is well represented with over half the industry representatives on this Group, there is still concern that the emphasis is on cost recovery. SAFF members that attended the last meeting of the Animal Health Cost Recovery Reference Group in September; were informed that while there will eventually be a levy it will be at a lower rate than first proposed. The SAFF Livestock Industry Committee agree that the livestock industry needs ownership and involvement in the process and needs to be part of an overarching body to stop roadblocks, look at efficiencies, and there is the need for tougher legislation to deal with animal liberationists and incursions on livelihoods (such as break-ins to piggeries). At the same time as the Cost Recovery Reference Group was formed, an Inquiry into the Biosecurity Fee was being conducted by the Economic, Resources and Development Committee in State Parliament. The terms of reference for this Inquiry were to investigate and report on the cost recovery policy of PIRSA (Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia -- the SA Government Department that deals with agriculture) in the form of a proposed biosecurity fee as it affects livestock owners, in particular: • A comparison of the services to be provided by the proposed biosecurity fee with those of the commonwealth government's biosecurity program. • A review of the proposed cost-share formula as it affects different species. • Consideration of the appropriateness of the exemptions criteria (species types and number of animals kept). South Australian Farmers' Federation SAFF LIVESTOCK COMMITTEE No Biosecurity Levy