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Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme
This Scheme reduces the cost of transporting eligible goods by sea between Tasmania and mainland Australia.
You need to know
The Scheme operates under Ministerial Directions and Guidelines issued by the Commonwealth Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development.
The Department of Human Services administers the Scheme, on behalf of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. There are 3 categories that you can apply for:
- northbound goods
- southbound goods, covering 2 sub categories:
- manufacturing and mining
- primary production
- Intrastate - King Island and the Furneaux Group
In addition, you may be eligible for assistance if you belong to 1 or more of the following special categories:
- professional entertainers
Please refer to the information for each category to learn more about eligibility criteria and claiming options.
The northbound component of the Scheme applies to eligible goods produced or manufactured in Tasmania for permanent use or sale on the Australian mainland.
To be eligible for assistance with freight costs, northbound goods must:
- be manufactured in Tasmania for permanent use or sale on the Australian mainland
- be transported across Bass Strait by sea as non-bulk cargo. That is, items not shipped loose in the hold of a ship without any unitisation or packaging
- incur a freight cost disadvantage
Eligible goods are listed in the TFES Ministerial Directions - Schedule 1 on the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development website.
The following northbound goods are not eligible for assistance:
- goods manufactured on the mainland or outside Australia, unless they have undergone a manufacturing process in Tasmania
- goods that were intended for export from Australia at the time of shipment from Tasmania, or at the time of first sale on the Australian mainland
The Southbound component of the scheme applies to persons or businesses engaged in manufacturing and mining, or in primary production. The eligibility criteria differ for the 2 sub categories.
The King Island and Furneaux Group intrastate component applies to intrastate sea freight shipped between King Island and the main island of Tasmania, and between Flinders Island and the main island of Tasmania.
If you are a sportsperson or a professional entertainer, or are transporting brood mares, you may be eligible for freight assistance for transporting equipment.
The rate of assistance you will receive is based on the sea freight cost disadvantage.
To make a claim for freight assistance you need to refer to each category and download the relevant claim form.
If you have a query about your freight cost assessment or disagree with a decision we have made you can request a review.
Your review application should cover the criteria outlined in the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme Ministerial Directions on the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development website.
Send you request in writing to:
Road Safety and Transport Access Branch
Department of Infrastructure and Transport
GPO Box 594
CANBERRA ACT 2601
The Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme (TFES) operates under a set of Directions issued by the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development.
The Scheme is administered in accordance with the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development Ministerial Directions.