Covering Product Stewardship Benefits and Transitional Assistance
Department of the Environment and Heritage, October 2001, amended December 2005
About the Guidelines
These guidelines set out objectives, administrative requirements and funding allocations for the Product Stewardship for Oil Programme (PSO). Specifically, they cover the Product Stewardship Benefits and the Transitional Assistance sub-programmes. Guidelines for the associated Product Stewardship Levy are the responsibility of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
Australian Government funding for the PSO is provided under the Product Grants and Benefits Administration Act 2000 (as amended) and the Appropriation (Supplementary Measures) Act (No 2) 1999.
The transitional assistance element of the PSO commenced on 1 July 2000, with PSO benefits being paid and the levy charged from 1 January 2001. The PSO arrangements were subject to an independent review after the first four years of operation to determine their effectiveness in meeting the programme objectives. That review was tabled in Parliament on 17 November 2004 and is publicly available (see www.oilrecycling.gov.au/publications/psoreview.html). A separate review of the transitional assistance element of the PSO was also tabled at that time and is available to the public (see www.oilrecycling.gov.au/publications/tareview.html).
The Department of the Environment and Heritage, on behalf of the Australian Government, reserves the right to alter or amend these guidelines at any time.