This Scheme reduces the cost of transporting eligible goods by sea between Tasmania and mainland Australia.
You need to know
About the Scheme
The Scheme operates under Ministerial Directions and Guidelines issued by the Commonwealth Minister for Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities.
The Department of Human Services administers the Scheme, on behalf of the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities. 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.
Northbound goods under the TFES
The northbound component of the Scheme applies to eligible goods produced or manufactured in Tasmania for permanent use or sale on the Australian mainland.
Southbound goods under the TFES
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.
Intrastate - King Island and the Furneaux Group under the TFES
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.
Special categories for freight costs under the TFES
If you are a sportsperson or a professional entertainer, or are transporting brood mares, you may be eligible for freight assistance for transporting equipment.
Rates of assistance for freight costs under the TFES
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.
Freight costs assessment queries and reviews under the TFES
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, Regional Development and Cities website.
Send your request in writing to:General Manager
Maritime and Shipping Branch
Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities
GPO Box 594
CANBERRA ACT 2601
TFES Ministerial Directions
The Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme (TFES) operates under a set of Directions issued by the Minister for Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities.
The Scheme is administered in accordance with the Ministerial Directions on the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities website.