Read more about the changes announced 11 May 2021 on assistance for eligible imported goods under the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme here.
On this page you will find information about the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme (TFES) including:
- Ministerial Directions
- Information Papers
- Contact details
TFES provides financial assistance for cost incurred by shippers of eligible non-bulk goods moved by sea across the Bass Strait. The amount of assistance is based on the difference between the freight costs of moving the goods by sea and the notional freight costs of moving them by road over an equivalent distance. The objective of TFES is to provide Tasmanian industries with equal opportunities to compete in other markets, recognising that, unlike their mainland counterparts, Tasmanian shippers do not have the option of transporting goods interstate by road or rail.
Assistance is also available for eligible non-bulk goods shipped between the main island of Tasmania and either King Island or the islands of the Furneaux Group and for eligible non-bulk goods shipped across the Bass Strait for the purposes of transhipment through an Australian mainland port.
On 11 May 2021, the Australian Government announced the TFES was being extended to eligible imported goods, which are shipped to Tasmania via a mainland port and where there is no Australian equivalent good. You will be able to lodge your TFES claim online from 1 October 2021 onwards, for eligible imported goods shipped from the mainland to Tasmania on or after 1 July 2021.
Services Australia (formerly the Department of Human Services) undertakes delivery of TFES and the Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme on behalf of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (Infrastructure). Information on eligibility for assistance and how to submit a claim is available on the Services Australia website.
The TFES operates under Ministerial Directions (MDs) which apply to all shipments of goods occurring on or after 1 January 2016. The MDs outline the eligibility requirements and rates of assistance. The current MDs were last varied on 3 June 2021 DOC: 113 KB PDF: 334 KB . Previous variations to the MDs are outlined in the following table.
Variations to the TFES MDs
|Date||Variation information||Variation instrument|
|3 June 2021||Amendments relating to the eligibility of imported goods which are shipped to Tasmania via a mainland port and where there is no Australian equivalent good, and other minor updates.||PDF: 261 KB|
|24 December 2020||Minor amendments to the Secretary's authorisations under the Scheme, and other minor corrections and updates to improve clarity and accuracy of the provisions.||PDF: 336 KB|
|5 February 2020||Fodder being donated for bushfire relief, until the end of 30 June 2021 - 01933 was included in Schedule 1, this is taken to have commenced on 1 September 2019.
Fodder being donated to mainland farmers was extended until the end of 30 June 2021 (01932 in Schedule 1).
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|2 October 2019||Commencing 1 October 2019, TFES assistance for high-density goods will increase from 60% to 100%, claim processing time will be reduced from 35 days to 30 days and interest on late payments greater than 30 days will be paid to the claimant.||PDF: 234 KB|
|28 June 2019||Fodder being donated to mainland farmers was extended until the end of 30 June 2020 (01932 in Schedule 1)||PDF: 129 KB|
|1 March 2019||Backfatter pigs were included in Schedule 1, this is taken to have commenced on 1 January 2018||PDF: 119 KB|
|9 August 2018||Fodder being donated to mainland farmers, until the end of 30 June 2019 – 01932 was included in Schedule 1||PDF: 47 KB|
|9 November 2017||Variations in relation to self-assessed claimants and transhipment||PDF: 112 KB|
|7 June 2017||Variation in relation to an authorised officer||PDF: 104 KB|
|13 February 2017||Variation in relation to self-assessed claimants||PDF: 121 KB|
|20 April 2016||Variation in relation to transhipment matters||PDF: 564 KB|
|23 December 2015||Poppy straw—01931 was included in Schedule 1||PDF: 132 KB|
The previous MDs apply to goods shipped prior to 1 January 2016 PDF: 388 KB .
Clause 8.3.1 of the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme (TFES) Ministerial Directions (MDs) provides that the Secretary may issue Guidelines in relation to the administration, meaning, or operation of, or manner of compliance with the MDs.
A series of Information Papers on key provisions of the MDs have been prepared by the Department to help claimants have a better understanding of TFES policy and provisions of the TFES MDs. They are also to help inform TFES claimants and claims agents of their responsibilities under the TFES MDs.
The intent of the Information Papers is to provide information and guidance only. They should not to be used in place of the TFES Ministerial Directions (MDs).
|26/10/20||Australian New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification 2006||DOCX: 1251 KB PDF: 844 KB|
|26/10/20||Claims Agents||DOCX: 1829 KB PDF: 1192 KB|
|26/10/20||Conversion Factors||DOCX: 1855 KB PDF: 1198 KB|
|26/10/20||Expanded Component (Transhipment)||DOCX: 1827 KB PDF: 851 KB|
|26/10/20||Extension of Time Process||DOCX: 1688 KB PDF: 780 KB|
|26/10/20||Incurred and paid the cost of shipping||DOCX: 1688 KB PDF: 780 KB|
|26/10/20||King Island and the Furneaux Group Shipments||DOCX: 2902 KB PDF: 1596 KB|
|26/10/20||Self-Assessed Claimants||DOCX: 1826 KB PDF: 1184 KB|
|26/10/20||Sportspersons and Professional Entertainers||DOCX: 1827 KB PDF: 1179 KB|
|30/08/21||Southbound Component||DOCX: 1282 KB PDF: 299 KB|
|30/08/21||Imported Good Component||DOCX: 1283 KB PDF: 302 KB|
Requests for information on applying for TFES assistance, requests for extension of time and other administrative matters should be directed to:
Tasmanian Transport Programs
GPO Box 1269
HOBART TAS 7001
Phone: 13 11 58
Fax: (03) 6208 9976
Enquiries relating to policy matters, or requests for review of a Services Australia decision should be directed to:
Tasmanian and Shipping Programs Section
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
GPO BOX 594
Canberra ACT 2601
Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme - Privacy Statement
The department collects personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) for the purpose of making and reviewing decisions under the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme and the Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme.
Personal information collected may be:
- used by the department,
- disclosed to third parties (e.g. other government agencies),
- disclosed when required, or authorised by law, and
- used for another purpose with your consent.
Collected information may be published on the department’s website. Published information will be aggregated and will not disclose personal information.
If you have any questions, please contact the Privacy Officer.
TFES is demand-driven and expenditure varies with economic conditions. The tables below show the TFES expenditure for the quarter, financial year to date and the top twenty claimants for the quarter. Payment information reported in the tables is actual cash payments based on date of payment while the Annual Report provides expenditure information including the end of financial year accrual.
Selected expenditure information
Quarter 1: 1 July 2021 to 30 September 2021
Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme (TFES)
Expenditure for the Quarter (as at 30 September 2021)
|Total TFES assistance||$43,148,282.08|
Year to date expenditure (as at 30 September 2021)
|Total TFES assistance||$43,148,282.08|
Top 20 customers for the Quarter
|Rank||Name of Customer||Amount of Assistance Paid $|
|1||SIMPLOT AUSTRALIA P/L||$5,239,719.36|
|2||NORSKE SKOG BOYER MILL||$3,610,856.83|
|3||TASMANIAN STOCKFEED SERVICES (MANUFACTURING)||$1,772,960.22|
|4||MCCAIN FOODS (AUST)P/L||$1,716,840.00|
|5||MONDELEZ AUSTRALIA PTY LTD||$1,591,911.57|
|6||MON-TIMBERLINK AUSTRALIA PTY LTD||$1,358,855.19|
|7||NSF-SAPUTO DAIRY AUSTRALIA PTY LTD||$1,340,472.71|
|8||NORTH EAST EQUITY PTY LTD T/A SUMICH||$1,269,930.07|
|9||FORTH FARM PRODUCE PTY LTD T/A HARVEST MOON||$1,129,676.94|
|10||NSF-FONTERRA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD||$801,712.14|
|11||JBS AUSTRALIA P/L||$728,631.82|
|12||TASSAL OPERATIONS PTY LTD||$633,215.12|
|13||LION BEER, SPIRITS & WINE PTY LTD||$613,784.72|
|14||GREENHAM TASMANIA PTY LTD||$606,448.21|
|15||NYRSTAR SALES & MARKETING AG||$573,188.00|
|16||PREMIUM FRESH TASMANIA P/L||$554,211.06|
|17||FSE-GIBSONS LTD T/A SKRETTING AUSTRALIA||$548,708.99|
|18||GLENCORE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD||$526,400.00|
|19||RIO TINTO MARKETING PTY LTD||$469,000.00|
|20||EXEMPTED UNDER SECTION 9.3.2 OF THE MINISTERIAL DIRECTIONS||$468,466.67|
The Australian Government has provided financial assistance to shippers of freight between Tasmania and mainland Australia under the TFES since July 1976. TFES was extended in 2008 to cover eligible shipments moved between the main island of Tasmania and King Island, and between the main island of Tasmania and any island in the Furneaux Group.
On 29 November 2013 the Australian Government released the Terms of Reference for a Productivity Commission inquiry into Tasmania's shipping costs and competitiveness of Tasmania's freight industry PDF: 78 KB. More information on the inquiry, including the final report, is available from the Productivity Commission website. On 13 March 2015 the Australian Government released its response to the Productivity Commission Inquiry Report on Tasmanian Shipping and Freight PDF: 53 KB.
From 1 January 2016, TFES was extended to include eligible non-bulk goods being shipped across the Bass Strait for the purposes of transhipment through an Australian mainland port.
In 2017 the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) reviewed the component of TFES covering eligible northbound goods shipped to the mainland for the purpose of transhipment. The final report of the BITRE’s initial monitoring review of the expanded component was released on 16 March 2018 and covers the period from 1 January 2016 to 30 June 2017. The Australian Government response was released on 16 March 2018.