APAL is a founding signatory to the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD). The Deed covers management and funding of responses to emergency plant pest incidents – such as the incursion of an exotic pest or disease. It also ensures participation from plant industries in decision making and their contribution towards the costs related to emergency plant pest incident responses.
Plant Health Australia (PHA) is responsible for facilitating the partnership between industry and governments during emergency responses and for maintaining the EPPRD, a formal legally binding document.
The apple and pear industry have elected to set the EPPR levy rate at zero. It will be activated in the event of an emergency plant pest incident at a rate determined by government regulation in consultation with industry through APAL. In this case, funds would be transferred by the Levies Revenue Service to PHA for disbursement.
Intention to activate the Emergency Plant Pest Response (EPPR) levy
APAL notified industry in March 2017 of the intention to activate the EPPR levy to fund contributions of the Varroa jacobsoni and Torres Strait Fruit Fly response plans. For more information read the activation article and accompanying Q&A.