On 15 November 2012, Minister, Agriculture, Food and Forestry made Notice in the Gazette to change the prescribed amount for deductions for the PIFS Grain Industry Fund in accordance with Regulation 5. Commencing with all grain purchases on or after 22 November 2012, 20 cents per tonne of grain purchased must be deducted. A revised PIFS Grain Industry Fund Remittance Advice is provided by link below.
The SAGIT grain research fund is not affected by this change and requires 30 cents per tonne be deducted as per the Notice published 22 September 2012 regarding 2012/13 grain purchases.
For the purpose of collecting these prescribed amounts grains are as defined in the Primary Industry Funding Scheme (Grain Industry Fund) Regulation 2012. Grains include cereals and course grains, oilseeds and pulses (Including wheat, barley, triticale, canola, oats, rye, field peas, lupins, pulses (eg lentils, beans, chickpeas), safflower seed, linseed, maize, grain sorghum, soybeans, sunflower seed, rapeseed, rice, millet, canary seed, and cottonseed. Small pasture seeds including medic, lucerne clover seeds are not considered grains.
The purchaser of grain is required in the initial sale of the grain by the grower, to deduct from the amount payable under the contract of sale, an amount equal to the prescribed rate.
The deductions only apply to grain grown in South Australia.
Notice was published by the Minister, Agriculture, Food and Forestry that provides for deductions of:
The new Grain Industry Fund sets a prescribed rate for all grain purchased on or after of 1 March 2012 of:
Please complete both statement forms each time you remit the deductions you have collected and forward the statements with your payments to the address (or email address) shown on the forms (even if you remit the deductions by electronic funds transfer).
Purchasers of grain are required to remit the deductions to the Minister no later than 21 days after payment, or the first payment, (for the PIFS Grain Industry Fund, 28th day of the month following the month in which grain was purchased) is made to the grower. The Minister may recover any amount not so paid by action in a court of competent jurisdiction.
Growers may notify the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries in writing if they do not consent to paying the contribution, in which case the Minister will refund the deductions to them. Documented evidence of the amounts paid to each levy must be provided with the refund request. The Minister's address is GPO Box 1671, Adelaide, South Australia, 5001.
For further information or comments:
Telephone: (08) 8463 6696
Mobile: 0409 289 107
Fax (08) 8463 3366
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