Industry contribution levy
The industry contribution levy is an annual payment that some reporting entities must pay. This levy covers AUSTRAC’s operating costs.
Who pays the levy
Whether you have to pay the levy depends on your earnings and the number and value of transactions you have reported to us. Usually, only medium to large businesses are required to pay the levy. These are businesses with one of more of the following:
- earnings of A$100 million or more
- a large number of transaction reports relative to other entities
- a high total value of transaction reports lodged with AUSTRAC during a calendar year, relative to other entities.
If you receive an invoice from AUSTRAC, you must pay the levy.
How we calculate the levy
The amount AUSTRAC collects via the levy is based on our annual operating expenses. Every year we publish the formula we plan to use to calculate the levy for that year.
Although the exact formula changes from year to year, the levy your business is charged (if any) is based on a combination of:
- your most recent published earnings
- the number and value of transactions you reported to AUSTRAC in the previous calendar year.
We consult with industry groups and other interested people every year. We welcome submissions about the proposed formula.
When there is an open consultation about the industry contribution, you will find a link on this page.
After the consultation is over and the final formula is decided, it is made official by a Ministerial Determination.
What you need to do
To make sure you are invoiced the correct amount you must:
- keep your business earnings up to date in AUSTRAC Online
- submit transaction threshold reports and international funds transfer instruction reports when required.
If you believe your invoice is incorrect
If you believe we have invoiced you incorrectly, or for the wrong amount, complete and submit a levy dispute form (Word, 71KB).
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