Queensland confirms primary producer rego review

By: Rob McKay


Consultation under way but no decision has been made, Bailey says

Queensland confirms primary producer rego review
Mark Bailey

 

The Queensland government acknowledges a review of the primary producer concession scheme for heavy vehicle registrations.

But it appears to make a distinction between the need for the move and related issues of concern to haulage interests.

The Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of Queensland (LRTAQ) and the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) have voiced their concerns that any expansion of the scheme will exacerbate what state members view as exploitation by unscrupulous primary producers.

But state transport minister Mark Bailey emphasises that the scheme for agriculture generally and over the past year specifically. 


Read about the concerns of rural and livestock trucking about the scheme, here


"Queensland’s primary producers have had everything thrown at them over the past two years – drought, floods, bushfires and, more recently, labour shortages due to the Covid-19 pandemic," Bailey tells ATN.

"The concession scheme for primary producers has been in place in Queensland for many years.

"Offering registration concessions for their work vehicles is one of the ways the Queensland government helps to ease cost pressures on the state’s agricultural industry.

"The scheme is only available to primary producers listed as the registered operator of a heavy vehicle that is being used solely in connection with their business.

"My department has been consulting with industry to determine whether further changes to its eligibility criteria need to be made.

"Two rounds of consultation have been held to date with a range of stakeholders, including representative bodies of the agricultural and transport industries.

"My department is still considering the feedback it’s received through that process, so no decision has been made on whether we will make further changes to the scheme’s criteria."

 

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