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4629.0.55.001 - Discussion Paper: Environmental taxes in Australia - Experimental new statistics, 2000-2011  
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Contents >> Treatment of Australian environmental taxes by the OECD >> OECD Treatment of Australian Environmental taxes

OECD TREATMENT OF AUSTRALIAN ENVIRONMENTAL TAXES

Table 7.1 presents the available information in the OECD database for Australia. Adding the taxes together from the OECD database reveals that some important environment taxes are missing, particularly with regards to transport. For example, road maintenance and heavy vehicle registration is missing, which raised over $5 million in 2010-11.

7.1 Environmental taxes by industry and households, Australia (OECD) 2001 to 2007, $m, current prices

2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007

Excise taxes on petroleum products
12 793
13 337
13 529
14 350
14 073
14 653
15 085
Luxury Car Tax
na
220
261
335
298
322
364
New South Wales - Load-based Licensing Scheme
36
na
na
na
na
na
na
New South Wales - Motor Vehicle Registration Fee
na
na
na
na
na
267
284
New South Wales - Motor vehicle weight tax
na
na
na
na
na
1 114
1 195
New South Wales - Waste Levy
na
80
na
na
na
na
na
Ozone protection and synthetic greenhouse gas levy
na
na
-
2
2
3
2
Queensland - Motor vehicle registration fees
na
na
na
na
na
887
945
Tasmania - Motor vehicle tax
na
na
na
na
na
na
123
Victoria - Motor vehicle registration fees
na
na
na
na
na
737
779

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
na not available
Source: OECD/EEA datasbase on environmentally related taxes, fees and charges, other economic instruments and voluntary approaches used in environmental policy and natural resources management


The OECD also includes some environment taxes which would not be considered as such within the ASNA and SEEA (e.g. the load based licensing in NSW which would be considered a fee).

Another incentive listed as an Australian environmental tax is the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy). The import levy consists of two elements: a cost recovery levy (i.e. a license fee), and the equivalent carbon price (i.e. a tax). It is unclear if the OECD has included both elements, but the amount suggests that both are included.


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