On 23 August 2019, the Australian Government announced a number of improvements to the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme (TFES) to modernise its operation and enhance its efficiency and effectiveness.
This announcement included a proposal to expand TFES assistance to southbound imported goods that do not have an Australian equivalent, subject to a review to determine any unintended consequences of the proposal.
On 11 May 2021, the Australian Government announced the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme (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.
For more information on the review outcome and next steps, please refer to the following:
- TFES Assistance for southbound imported goods—review outcome and implementation DOCX: 1256 KB PDF: 324 KB
The Department will provide additional information on the new policy and claims process in the coming months. The Ministerial Directions for the TFES have been revised to reflect the new policy. TFES stakeholders will receive further information detailing next steps, including any planned public information sessions, once it is confirmed.
If you have any questions about the new policy, or on TFES policy in general, you can contact Tasmanianshipping@infrastructure.gov.au.