Deferral of Government Duty Fees | An Update

The Federal Government is supporting the Australian economy through the current pandemic, providing broad relief through a variety of stimulus and economic support measures. However, with trade bodies pushing hard for more support (in particular the FTA and APSA) ACF wanted to update you on the proposed deferral of government duty fees as well as give you the lastest re Agriculture.


The Department of Home Affairs has acknowledged that they may consider modification of payment terms and conditions (payment plans and deferrals) where an entity is experiencing financial hardship. FTA has received the following in relation to Import duty deferral.

“This entity would need to propose a payment plan or deferral and provide financial statements for at least the current financial year to date and the previous financial year.

Other documentation and additional information may also be required to support any application which must be provided in order to make an assessment.

Whilst any payment plan is being assessed, that entity will be expected to comply with the proposed payment plan and ensure that all other ongoing payments are kept up to date.  Each entity will be assessed based upon their individual circumstances but must be able to demonstrate financial hardship.

The Department may consider any proposed payment plan but does not guarantee acceptance.”

We would advise entities requiring support to contact the Revenue Management Sections of Home Affairs at at


At last weeks’ Department of Agriculture Cargo Consultative Committee (DCCC) meeting, industry representatives were given a briefing on the department’s cost recovery performance and outstanding debts.

The department appreciates the difficult financial position facing many sectors of industry and will assess requests for appropriate payment plans on a ‘case by case’ basis. Members looking to request a variation to normal payment arrangements should contact the department at or call 1800 647 531.

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