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Industry regulation fees -

Frequently asked questions

 

 

What will I be charged?

  • The improved cost recovery model, reflecting an increase in unit cost of 14%, is outlined in Table 1 below.
  • Fees will be calculated in the same way as they currently are. Information on fee calculation is available on the Department’s website www.der.wa.gov.au/our-work/licences-and-works-approvals/fees.

Table 1. Proposed Unit Fees 2018/19

Industry Regulation fees  Existing 2017/18 fee ($ per unit)  Proposed 2018/19 fee ($ per unit)
Prescribed premises licence fee – premises component  $35.60 $40.60
Prescribed premises licence fee – emissions component  $49.80  $56.80
Works approval fee  $35.60  $40.60
Registration fee  $35.60  $40.60
Amendment fee (licence and works approvals)  $3.40  $6.80
Transfer fee  $71.20  $71.20

 

What is the basis for the 14% increase?

  • The improved fee model reflects the true cost of environmental regulation for industry. In an effort to enhance the cost modelling methodology the Department engaged an independent party to develop an activity-based cost model and review the cost recovery of fees administered under the EP Act.
  • Additional revenue will be directed at employing additional staff, in both industry regulation and compliance areas, as well as investing in systems to improve the timeliness of decision-making on environmental approvals and ensure an appropriate response to the increasing demand for environmental assessments and approvals, relating to economic growth.

Who has to pay fees?

 
  • All occupiers of prescribed premises will be affected by the improved cost recovery model, when it comes into effect on 1 July 2018.

When will increased fees come in?

  • The improved cost recovery model will commence on 1 July 2018.
  • The Industry licensing System will be updated shortly to reflect the changes, however all final invoices where the fee period begins after 1 July 2018 will reflect the 14% increase.

Will this affect Works Approval Holders?

  • No, not if the works approval fee has already been paid.
  • The unit fee for new Works Approval applications will increase from $35.60 to $40.60
  • Note that fees are payable for an amendment to a Works Approval. Fees for applications for an amendment have increased.

Will this affect registered premises?

  • No, not if the Registration fee has already been paid.
  • The unit fee for new Registrations will increase from $35.60 to $40.60

How will this affect my next fee payment?

  • Fees will be calculated in the same way as they currently are. Information on fee calculation is available on the Department’s website at www.der.wa.gov.au/our-work/licences-and-works-approvals/fees.
  • The Industry licensing System will be updated shortly to reflect the changes, however all final invoices where the fee period begins after 1 July 2018 will reflect the 14% increase.

Will there be annualised increases on top of this fee increase?

  • The budget announced on 10 May 2018 does not include annualised fee increases.

What happens if I amend my licence or works approval?

  • The unit fees for amendments to licence and works approvals will increase from $3.40 to $6.80, payable from 1 July 2018.

Can I pay in instalments?

  • Fees for new Prescribed Premises applications are due on validation of the application by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.
  • Annual fees for existing Prescribed Premises are due by the anniversary date of the licence for the year in advance. Late fees are applied if the annual fees are paid within less than one month after the anniversary date.
  • Payment in instalments is not accepted.

What if I reduce my emissions, can I get my money back?

  • The licence fees for Prescribed Premises are partly based on the amount of waste (emissions) discharged to the environment. A reduction in emissions will result in lower fees being paid.
  • Fees will be calculated in the same way as they currently are. Information on fee calculation is available on the Department’s website at www.der.wa.gov.au/our-work/licences-and-works-approvals/fees.

How will revenue be used and how will it impact the Department’s performance?

  • Additional revenue will be directed at employing additional staff, in both industry regulation and compliance areas, as well as investing in systems to improve the timeliness of decision-making on environmental approvals and ensure an appropriate response to the increasing demand for environmental assessments and approvals, relating to economic growth.
  • The additional staff will resource the increasing demand for environmental assessments and approvals and will also allow for an increased focus on delivering systems improvements and regulatory reform to streamline approvals processes. Additional compliance resources will allow the Department to carry out more targeted and proactive inspection and audit activities focusing on premises with poor environmental performance.
  • Quarterly performance reporting on the timeliness of decision-making is available on the Department’s website at www.der.wa.gov.au/about-us/regulatory-performance.

When will new systems and guidelines be in place?

  • The Department is currently implementing phase one of a systems improvement plan to incorporate applications for prescribed premises licences, works approvals, registrations and clearing permits on to a new system ‘environment online’ based on the ‘water online’ system.
  • New guidelines and factsheets will be made available on the Department’s website der.wa.gov.au/our-work/licences-and-works-approvals/publications.
  • The Department’s new Regulatory Capability Division is developing the Department’s regulatory reform agenda. Public consultation is undertaken for proposed new or significant amendments to guidelines. All consultation documents are available on the Department’s website der.wa.gov.au/our-work/consultation and will be consulted through stakeholder reference groups and key stakeholders.