The Marshall Government has appointed KPMG to carry out its independent cost recovery review of the commercial fishing and aquaculture sectors, delivering on a key election commitment.
As outlined in the Terms of Reference, KPMG will review PIRSA’s fisheries and aquaculture cost recovery practices for consistency with the Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines and PIRSA’s Cost Recovery Policy, taking previous reviews into consideration.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said the review was instigated after concerns were raised within industry around aspects of the current cost recovery model.
“South Australia’s fisheries and aquaculture sectors generated more than $900 million in 2016-17 and it is vitally important this government works closely with the industry to build on its strengths,” said Minister Whetstone.
“The review is important because some in the industry feel they are paying too much to support the management and regulation of commercial access to our community owned fisheries and aquaculture resources.
“We need to ensure that the cost recovery policy approach administered by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is consistent with national best practice guidelines and reflects the outcomes of the recent Productivity Commission review on Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture.
“The Cost Recovery Policy requires South Australian commercial fishing and aquaculture license holders, who use and benefit from government products and services, to meet the costs associated with the delivery of services which support the management and growth of the sectors.
“This includes stock assessment and research, policy and management, compliance and other support services.”
Following the independent review, the State Government will then assess the recommendations provided and work with the seafood and aquaculture industry to ensure it is operating in the best environment possible for success.