About your levy

Cattle, sheep and goat producers pay a transaction levy on the sale of their livestock. The levies are collected by the Department of Agriculture’s Levies Service and distributed to MLA, Animal Health Australia (AHA) and the National Residue Survey (NRS).

Processors, lot feeders and livestock exporters also pay levies. A portion of these levies are invested in MLA-managed R&D and marketing projects that deliver cross-sector benefits beyond the farm gate.

  • Grassfed cattle

    Grassfed cattle

    MLA works with the Cattle Council of Australia. The grassfed cattle levy is invested in projects designed to increase on-farm productivity, profitability and sustainability of grassfed cattle producers.

  • Grainfed cattle

    Grainfed cattle

    MLA works with the Australian Lot Feeders' Association to develop R&D and marketing strategies for the feedlot industry.

  • Sheep


    MLA works with the Sheepmeat Council of Australia to increase on-farm productivity, profitability and sustainability of sheep producers.

  • Goats


    MLA works closely with the Goat Industry Council of Australia, seeking producer input on levy investment and increasing the on-farm productivity, profitability and sustainability of goat producers.

  • Supply chain

    Supply chain

    MLA works with supply chain partners on projects that deliver value to the red meat industry beyond the farm gate.

Investment breakdown

In 2017-18 MLA plans to invest $267.3 million in research, development and marketing activities across six pillars (together with corporate services).

Livestock levies rates

The table below shows the split of livestock levies.

CommodityMLA (R&D)MLA (marketing)Animal Health AustraliaNational Residue SurveyTotal Levies#

Grassfed cattle






Grainfed cattle






Bobby calves







0.77% of sale price

0.87% of sale price

0.18% of sale price

0.18% of sale price

2% of sale price+


0.49% of sale price

1.20% of sale price

0.20% of sale price

0.11% of sale price

2% of sale price ++







# per head, per transaction
*Where there is a defined sale price of $5.00 or more (no levies apply to sales of less than $5.00)
+ To a maximum of 20c. Where there is no defined sale price – 20c
++ To a maximum of $1.50. Where there is no defined sale price – 80c


MLA cannot vary the levy schedule.

If you have any questions about how transaction levies work, you should contact your local Department of Agriculture Levies office toll free on:

Central Office (Canberra) 1800 020 619

NSW/ACT 1800 625 103

QLD/NT/WA 1800 647 801

SA 1800 814 961

VIC/TAS 1800 683 839

Department of Agriculture Levies does not hold information on how much levy a producer has paid.

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