Fee and levy relief has been extended to provide 24 months relief, and is available to all marine farming leaseholders licenced to farm Pacific oysters as they recover from the impact of Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome.
Fee relief includes waiving:
- licence fees
- the lease rental fees
- the Tasmanian Shellfish Quality Assurance Program (TSQAP) levy and
- the Primary Produce Food Safety Accreditation fee
Assistance of up to $4,500 per hectare is available for those areas that were under production and suffered mortalities as a result of the 2016 POMS outbreak.
This assistance is provided to support clean-up activities undertaken since 1 March 2016. Evidence of those costs are required.
Download the POMS Clean-up application form for eligibility criteria and further details of assistance available.
POMS clean up application form
POMS Recovery Concessional Loan Scheme
A $5 million POMS recovery concessional loan scheme was established to provide funding for stock recovery and clean-up of affected farms; to help re-start and re-develop hatcheries; to provide POMS-related infrastructure modifications and re-stock affected oyster farms, and for debt reconstruction.
The POMS Recovery Concessional Loan Scheme is now closed for applications.
Other Support Services
Support for growers and workers is already in place, with the Department of State Growth’s Rapid Response Unit assisting workers, and a session is planned to outline the types of employment support services that are available to assist employers and employees.
Rural Alive and Well is also ready to provide one-on-one support to individuals who are struggling as a result of this situation.
Rural Business Tasmania also runs a Rural Financial Counselling Service that provides free, confidential and independent counsel to farmers and producers suffering hardship.