Consultation to cut red tape for fuel, beer and spirits sectors

The Federal Government is inviting input from businesses and individuals on how to streamline excise (and excise-equivalent customs duty) administration for fuel, beer and spirits.

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino MP said, “This is the opportunity for brewers and distillers in the South West to have their say on excise and cutting red tape”.

Initially the Government’s Deregulation Taskforce sat down with over 40 businesses and industry leaders to gain a ‘factory floor’ perspective of their day-to-day operations. This pinpointed common concerns and time consuming and complicated regulatory requirements.

The Deregulation Taskforce has now identified a number of potential opportunities to improve the excise and excise-equivalent customs duty system, through both administrative and legislative reforms.

These are outlined in a consultation paper released for input with submissions closing on 31 August 2021. This consultation paper and instructions on how to make a submission is available at here.

Separately, the Government’s 2021-22 Budget tripled the excise refund cap for small brewers and distillers from $100,000 to $350,000 per year – also supporting jobs and investment in these sectors in the regions.