Can I vary the payment conditions?
Once you receive a staged payment approval, you can vary the conditions by:
- Emailing the MSA team with your staged payment approval condition variation application form.
- If approved, we will email you an approval letter and updated levy assessment notices (if required).
I have an existing staged obligations agreement (before 2020), do I need to do anything?
If you have a staged obligations agreement under the habitat compensation scheme made before 1 July 2020, it has been converted into a staged payment approval under Section 131 of the MSA Act.
Failure to pay the MSA levy
What happens if I don't pay the MSA levy?
If you don’t pay the levy by the due date, you will pay additional interest (see Subdivision 1 of Division 5 of Part 4 of the MSA Act).
For the approved staged payment of levies, failure to pay for a stage by the due date can have serious consequences. If payment is not made, then the whole of the levy will become payable on the day after the payment was due (see sections 27(3)(f) and 34 of the Act.) Please make any application to vary your due date well ahead of time.
Can I make an objection?
If you’re not satisfied with a levy assessment, you can lodge an objection with the Secretary to DEECA (see Division 2 of the MSA Act). Please email your objection to the MSA, stating fully and in detail the grounds for the objection. If you are not satisfied with the Secretary's response, you can apply to VCAT.
MSA levy review
Every 5 years, the MSA levy amounts must be reviewed, as outlined in the MSA Act. The aim is to make sure that collected funds are enough to cover the costs of conservation work, without imposing unnecessary charges on developers.
The Minister for Environment commenced the first review on 1 July 2023 and a final report is due for public release by 31 December 2024. The MSA Act requires DEECA to publicly consult on a draft report for at least 90 days prior to the release of the final report.