Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme

Read more about changes to the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme and the 23 August 2019 Ministerial Announcement here

From 1 October 2019, the rate of assistance for high-density goods will increase, claim processing time will be reduced and interest will apply to late claim payments. See here for more information.

On this page you will find information about the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme (TFES) including:

Overview

TFES provides financial assistance for cost incurred by shippers of eligible non-bulk goods moved by sea across the Bass Strait. The amount of assistance is based on the difference between the freight costs of moving the goods by sea and the notional freight costs of moving them by road over an equivalent distance. The objective of TFES is to provide Tasmanian industries with equal opportunities to compete in other markets, recognising that, unlike their mainland counterparts, Tasmanian shippers do not have the option of transporting goods interstate by road or rail.

Assistance is also available for eligible non-bulk goods shipped between the main island of Tasmania and either King Island or the islands of the Furneaux Group and for eligible non-bulk goods shipped across the Bass Strait for the purposes of transhipment through an Australian mainland port.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) undertakes delivery of TFES and the Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme on behalf of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development (Infrastructure). Information on eligibility for assistance and how to submit a claim is available on the DHS website.

Ministerial Directions

The TFES operates under Ministerial Directions (MDs) which apply to all shipments of goods occurring on or after 1 January 2016. The MDs outline the eligibility requirements and rates of assistance. The current MDs were last varied on 2 October 2019 DOC: 349 KB PDF: 312 KB ReadSpeaker. A Conversion Factors Information Paper has been issued under the MDs. Previous variations to the MDs are outlined in the following table.

Variations to the TFES MDs

DateVariation informationVariation instrument
2 October 2019 Commencing 1 October 2019, TFES assistance for high-density goods will increase from 60% to 100%, claim processing time will be reduced from 35 days to 30 days and interest on late payments greater than 30 days will be paid to the claimant. PDF: 234 KB ReadSpeaker
28 June 2019 Fodder being donated to mainland farmers was extended until the end of 30 June 2020 (01932 in Schedule 1) PDF: 129 KB ReadSpeaker
1 March 2019 Backfatter pigs were included in Schedule 1, this is taken to have commenced on 1 January 2018 PDF: 119 KB ReadSpeaker
9 August 2018 Fodder being donated to mainland farmers, until the end of 30 June 2019 – 01932 was included in Schedule 1 PDF: 47 KB ReadSpeaker
9 November 2017 Variations in relation to self-assessed claimants and transhipment PDF: 112 KB ReadSpeaker
7 June 2017 Variation in relation to an authorised officer PDF: 104 KB ReadSpeaker
13 February 2017 Variation in relation to self-assessed claimants PDF: 121 KB ReadSpeaker
20 April 2016 Variation in relation to transhipment matters PDF: 564 KB ReadSpeaker
23 December 2015 Poppy straw—01931 was included in Schedule 1 PDF: 132 KB ReadSpeaker

The previous MDs apply to goods shipped prior to 1 January 2016 PDF: 388 KB ReadSpeaker.

Contact details

Requests for information on applying for TFES assistance, requests for extension of time and other administrative matters should be directed to:

Tasmanian Transport Programs 
Department of Human Services 
GPO Box 1269 
HOBART TAS 7001 
Phone: 13 11 58
Fax: (03) 6222 2149 
Email: tfes.support@humanservices.gov.au.

Enquiries relating to policy matters, or requests for review of a DHS decision should be directed to:

Tasmanian and Shipping Programs Section
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development
GPO BOX 594
Canberra ACT 2601
Email: TasmanianShipping@infrastructure.gov.au

Our Client Service Charter outlines Service Standards and provides information on how to provide feedback on our Services. We are subject to the Privacy Act 1988 and personal information is only collected or used in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme - Privacy Statement

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development (the department) collects personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) for the purpose of making and reviewing decisions under the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme and the Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme.

Personal information collected may be:

  • used by the department,
  • disclosed to third parties (e.g. other government agencies),
  • disclosed when required, or authorised by law, and
  • used for another purpose with your consent.

Collected information may be published on the department’s website. Published information will be aggregated and will not disclose personal information.

For information about how you can access your personal information held by the department, seek corrections or complain about a privacy breach, please refer to the department’s Privacy Policy.

If you have any questions, please contact the Privacy Officer.

Expenditure

TFES is demand-driven and expenditure varies with economic conditions. The tables below show the TFES expenditure for the quarter, financial year to date and the top twenty claimants for the quarter. Payment information reported in the tables is actual cash payments based on date of payment while the Annual Report provides expenditure information including the end of financial year accrual.

Expenditure for the Quarter (as at 30 June 2019)

DataExpenditure
Total TFES assistance $53,329,686.27

Year to date expenditure (as at 30 June 2019)

DataExpenditure
Total TFES assistance $153,602,587.89

Top 20 claimants for the Quarter

Rank

Name of Customer

Amount of Assistance Paid $

1

SIMPLOT AUSTRALIA P/L

$7,759,083.05

2

NORSKE SKOG BOYER MILL

$3,313,311.96

3

MONDELEZ AUSTRALIA PTY LTD (FORMERLY KRAFT)

$1,921,484.92

4

GLENCORE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

$1,842,400.00

5

TASSAL OPERATIONS PTY LTD

$1,811,464.45

6

NSF-JBS AUSTRALIA P/L

$1,682,079.09

7

TASMANIAN STOCKFEED SERVICES (MANUFACTURING)

$1,675,800.00

8

FORTH FARM PRODUCE PTY LTD

$1,632,403.97

9

NYRSTAR SALES & MARKETING AG

$1,575,700.00

10

MON-TIMBERLINK AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

$1,380,638.72

11

NSF-DRISCOLLS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

$1,367,814.26

12

RIO TINTO MARKETING PTY LTD

$1,142,400.00

13

PREMIUM FRESH TASMANIA P/L

$981,858.70

14

MCCAIN FOODS (AUST)P/L

$970,425.00

15

NORTH EAST EQUITY PTY LTD T/A SUMICH

$944,151.02

16

LION BEER, SPIRITS & WINE PTY LTD

$916,202.11

17

FSE-GIBSONS LTD T/A SKRETTING AUSTRALIA

$902,452.94

18

NSF-FONTERRA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

$871,801.90

19

HOUSTONS FARM

$853,964.85

20

TASMANIAN DAIRY PRODUCTS CO LTD

$832,035.64

Background

The Australian Government has provided financial assistance to shippers of freight between Tasmania and mainland Australia under the TFES since July 1976. TFES was extended in 2008 to cover eligible shipments moved between the main island of Tasmania and King Island, and between the main island of Tasmania and any island in the Furneaux Group.

On 29 November 2013 the Australian Government released the Terms of Reference for a Productivity Commission inquiry into Tasmania's shipping costs and competitiveness of Tasmania's freight industry PDF: 78 KB ReadSpeaker. More information on the inquiry, including the final report, is available from the Productivity Commission website. On 13 March 2015 the Australian Government released its response to the Productivity Commission Inquiry Report on Tasmanian Shipping and Freight PDF: 53 KB ReadSpeaker.

From 1 January 2016, TFES was extended to include eligible non-bulk goods being shipped across the Bass Strait for the purposes of transhipment through an Australian mainland port.

Monitoring

In 2017 the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) reviewed the component of TFES covering eligible northbound goods shipped to the mainland for the purpose of transhipment. The final report of the BITRE’s initial monitoring review of the expanded component was released on 16 March 2018 and covers the period from 1 January 2016 to 30 June 2017. The Australian Government response was released on 16 March 2018.

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Last Updated: 30 October, 2019