Agriculture Protection Rates - Pastoral Leases
Agriculture Protection Rates (APR) apply to all land within Western Australia that are held under Crown Pastoral Leases.
They are imposed under sections 60 and 61 of the Agriculture and Related Resources Protection Act 1976.
What is the purpose of APR?
Pastoralist contributions raised via the APR are usually “matched” dollar-for-dollar by the State Government and the combined funding used to undertake a wide range of “on-ground” programs aimed at controlling pest (declared) plants and animals on, and in relation to, pastoral leases.
Who administers these programs?
The APR are imposed annually by the Agriculture Protection Board of WA, with the approval of the Minister for Agriculture and Food.
The State’s pastoral areas are divided into five zones, each of which has a Zone Control Authority (ZCA) in place. The ZCAs recommend to the board the quantum of the annual APR needed in each zone, and the manner in which the combined funding is to be invested in control activities within that zone. The membership of the ZCAs comprise representatives from producer organisations and local government authorities within the zones. On-ground services are currently delivered by a combination of Department of Agriculture and Food personnel and private contractors, at the direction of the ZCAs.
How are the rates calculated?
The annual APR are based on the unimproved value of each pastoral lease. The unimproved value equates to twenty times the relevant Annual Pastoral Lease Rent, as determined by the Pastoral Lands Board. The Annual Pastoral Lease Rent applicable at 1 February is used to determine the unimproved value for the following financial year.
Each zone or part of the State has a different rate quantum (i.e. cents in the $ rate) which is applied to the calculated unimproved value to arrive at the annual APR liability.
What are the different rate quantums?
Depending on the location of a pastoral lease, the annual APR liability is assessed using the quantum of the (matched) rate in the zone or area of the State that has been specified in accordance with Section 60 of the Agriculture and Related Resources Protection Act 1976. The quantum of the APR that apply in 2012/13 are:
0.616 cents in the dollar on the unimproved value of the land held in the Kimberley Zone comprising the municipal districts of Broome, Derby-West Kimberley, Wyndham-East Kimberley and Halls Creek;
1.123 cents in the dollar on the unimproved value of the land held in the Pilbara Zone, comprising the municipal districts of Ashburton, Roebourne, Port Hedland and East Pilbara
2.896 cents in the dollar on the unimproved value of the land held in the Carnarvon Zone, comprising the municipal districts of Shark Bay, Carnarvon, Exmouth, Upper Gascoyne, Murchison, Northampton and Mullewa;
2.581 cents in the dollar on the unimproved value of the land held in the Meekatharra Zone, comprising the municipal districts of Yalgoo, Mount Magnet, Cue, Meekatharra, Mt Marshall and Perenjori;
3.222 cents in the dollar on the unimproved value of the land held in the Kalgoorlie Zone, comprising the municipal districts of Ngaanyatjarraku, Wiluna, Sandstone, Leonora, Laverton, Menzies, Coolgardie, Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Dundas and Yilgarn.
Is there a rebate if the lease is sold part way through a financial year?
No, there is no provision in the Agriculture and Related Resources Protection Act 1976 to allow an assessment to be calculated on a pro-rata basis, should the ownership of the lease change during the assessment year. Rate liabilities assessed in respect of a given financial year remain the responsibility of the person who was the owner of the land at noon on the 30th June immediately preceding that financial year.
Can a customer lodge an objection against the APR assessment?
No, there is no provision in the Agriculture and Related Resources Protection Act 1976 to allow an objection against the APR assessment. However, a customer can query an assessment if they believe it to have been incorrectly calculated. On receipt of all such queries, the Office of State Revenue will check to ensure the accuracy of the corresponding assessment(s).
Can a customer lodge an objection against the Pastoral Lease Rent (which is used to calculate the unimproved value for APR assessment purposes)?
Yes, an objection against the applicable pastoral lease rent can be lodged in accordance with Part IV of the Valuation of Land Act 1978. All enquiries about prospective objections must be directed to the Valuer General’s Office, Landgate.
The objection against valuation must be lodged within 60 days of the issue shown on the notice of assessment and shall:
- describe the relevant land so as to identify it;
- identify the valuation objected to; and
- set out fully and in detail the grounds of objection and the reasons in support of those grounds of objection.
If an objection is upheld by the Valuer General, the Office of State Revenue will be duly notified and an amended assessment issued, if applicable.