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Scrap the Biosecurity Tax Now!

GPA is backing moves to give Australian producers a stronger voice to express our shared concerns about this new tax. Due to be implemented by July 1, it will require new legislation to be debated and voted on in Federal Parliament during the first half of this year.


We’re calling on all producers and supporters to back this campaign by making a contribution to our fighting fund. This will provide vital resources to help strengthen the voice of producers and take affirmative action in Canberra to block the biosecurity tax.


We need to keep sending our elected representatives a loud and strong message warning about the risks and consequences on behalf of Australian farmers.

Agriculture Minister, Murray Watt, and Treasurer, Jim Chalmers, were also included in the correspondence to the PM, which calls for action to address major policy flaws and inequities.


The letter says the principles of this policy proposal do not accord with the recent Productivity Commission report into levies, which assesses the policy against well-understood criteria. The independent Productivity Commission analysis also supports industry’s view that this is a tax. It is proposed to be non-hypothecated and carries multiple risks and consequences for producers.


The farm representative groups which signed the letter are calling for an immediate reversal of the government’s flawed ‘one-size-fits-all’ tax proposal to prevent unintended consequences.


This decision would help start the process of repairing the damage that’s already been inflicted on trust and confidence in the existing levy system, and key partnerships with producers.


It will also allow a more considered approach to accommodate levy payers’ concerns.

Other actions you can take to support our campaign:

Write to your local MP, the PM, Treasurer and Agriculture Minister to reinforce your opposition to the proposed tax and support its immediate reversal.

GPA Biosecurity Levy Survey - June 2023: GRAIN PRODUCERS ROUNDLY REJECT 10pc BIOSECURITY LEVY

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Grain Central

15 February 2024

Ag bodies criticise lack of detail in revised biosecurity tax and potential overlap with existing levies.

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The Land

13 February 2024

Federal Government responds to months of protests by announcing changes to new biosecurity tax.

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ARR News

5 February 2024

GPA Chair Barry Large asks why not all farmers are farmers when it comes to inquiries into pricing fairness.

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2GB Ben Fordham Live

22 January 2024

GPA Chief Executive Colin Bettles explains why Australian farmers are furious about the new biosecurity tax.

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Farm Weekly

17 January 2024

GPA Chair Barry Large urges producers to get behind a campaign to axe the deeply flawed, unfair proposed 10pc tax.

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Sheep Central

16 January 2024

Sheep Producers Australia and Wool Producers Australia are among the 50 groups opposing a new biosecurity tax.

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Farm Online

12 January 2024

GPA flags reallocating some grower levies from GRDC to PHA to fund increased biosecurity program.

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Countryman

23 November 2023

Opposition to the proposed biosecurity levy was laid bare in an avalanche of submissions published this month.

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Farm Online

25 October 2023

Grain grower representative groups say no direction for use of proposed biosecurity levy funds makes it a new tax.

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Country Today

17 October 2023

Australia’s grain industry is demanding a rethink of the Federal Government proposed 10 per cent biosecurity levy. 

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Farm Online

25 August 2023

Australia's peak grain grower groups have called on growers to get involved in the public consultation process.

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ABC WA Country Hour

13 February 2024

GPA Chief Executive Colin Bettles says  details were needed before deciding whether the new proposal was fairer.

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Rural Focus

13 February 2024

GPA Chair Barry Large says the biosecurity tax should still be scrapped, despite changes announced today.

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Rural News

24 January 2024

GPA Chief Executive Colin Bettles says the government isn't listening to farm groups opposed to the biosecurity tax.

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Farming Ahead

19 January 2024

Groups representing tens of thousands of primary producers send collective message of opposition to new tax.

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ARR News

17 January 2024

Groups representing tens of thousands of primary producers send collective message of opposition to new tax.

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Rural Focus

16 January 2024

GPA chair Barry Large says the prproposed biosecurity tax is both unpalatable and unwarranted.

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Farming Ahead

15 December 2023

A new Productivity Commission report supports the views of producers that the proposed biosecurity tax is not a levy.

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Farm Online

12 November 2023

Submissions demonstrate a rare form of collective strength and solidarity of views across Australian agriculture.

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The Rural News

25 October 2023

Grain producers are urging the Government to rethink its proposed Biosecurity Protection Levy.

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ARR News

16 October 2023

Australian grain producers have delivered another firm message to Canberra opposing the biosecurity levy.

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ABC NSW Country Hour

13 February 2024

GPA Southern Region Director Andrew Weidemann says biosecurity tax changes don't address agriculture's concerns.

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Country Caller

6 February 2024

Fair pricing inquiries and politicians' calls for a fair go for farmers ignore proposed 10pc biosecurity tax.

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Queensland Country Life

22 January 2024

GrainGrowers urges Federal Government to recognise and quickly resolve issues with biosecurity levy.

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ABC NSW Country Hour

17 January 2024

Grain and wool group representatives ramp up their campaign against the proposed new 10pc biosecurity tax.

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Farm Online

17 January 2024

More than 50 agricultural producer representative groups have penned an open letter opposing the new 10pc tax.

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The Weekly Times

16 January 2024

More than 50 agricultural groups have called on the federal government to scrap its “grossly unfair” biosecurity levy.

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Fresh Plaza

23 November 2023

Australian farmers have formed a united front against an ‘unfair’ biosecurity levy set to be introduced in July. 

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Farm Online

8 November 2023

PHA boss Sarah Corcoran tells Senate Estimates her organisation had misgivings about the proposed levy.

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The Weekly Times

18 October 2023

Farmers who grow grain could pay 60 per cent of the government’s proposed new biosecurity protection levy.

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ABC SA Country Hour

28 September 2023

Australia’s grain industry is demanding a rethink of the Federal Government proposed 10 per cent biosecurity levy. 

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