Fees and charges for waste exports have been deferred until 1 July 2023. This provides 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.
The department 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 will also have to pay to make an export declaration through the WELD portal.
They will pay no more than the minimum efficient costs of administering the regulation.
Fees and charges are being developed in line with the Australian Government Charging Framework.
Feedback on proposed fees and charges
The department has released a consultation paper setting out options for the fees and charge to recover the costs of administering the waste export program.
We are seeking your feedback on the proposed fees and charges, until 12 December 2022. You can read the consultation paper, complete a survey or provide a written submission on Have Your Say.
Cost Recovery Implementation Statement
You can view the previous Cost Recovery Implementation Statement 2020-21 for the waste export program:
- 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)
Following consultation, a new Cost Recovery Implementation Statement will be approved by the Minister for the Environment and Water, in early 2023.
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 through the Recycling Modernisation Fund. Funding supports Australia’s capacity to reuse and remanufacture processed waste domestically.