This Queensland Waste Levy Exemption will expire 30 June 2020

DES has confirmed that this exemption will expire 30 June 2020.


Will this affect you?

If you have a weighbridge and your facilities are not capturing both an entry and exit weight for vehicles under 4.5 tonnes GVM… you will be affected.

The Department of Environment and Science (DES) has now confirmed that the exemption from measuring the movement of waste in a vehicle with a gross vehicle mass or gross combination mass of 4.5 tonnes or less by using ‘deemed’ weights instead of a weighbridge will expire on 30 June 2020.

The change will come into effect from 1 July 2020

If affected by this your organisation will need to ensure the correct data can be captured from 1 July 2020.

Discussion within the industry assumed this exemption would be extended, however this is not the case. Further extension to this exemption has been ruled out by DES.


All weight must be captured via your weighbridge

From 1 July 2020, the exemption put in place will no longer apply and councils will be required to comply with section 60 of the Queensland Waste Levy Amendment Act by using a weighbridge to measure waste or other material as required by section 59 of the Act.

What does this mean?

If your facility has a weighbridge you will be required to weigh all vehicles with a gross vehicle mass or gross combination mass of 4.5 tonnes or less on entry and exit via your weighbridge. Recording weights as per those determined by the state (‘deemed’ weights) will no longer be acceptable.

In order to meet this regulatory requirement, a full review of operational processes, traffic flows, hardware requirements and data structures should be undertaken to ensure you can capture the required information from 1 July 2020.

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The Mandalay Consulting team is focused on front end operations and business processes of the waste industry. Our experienced operational experts consult specifically on waste management across the whole of Australia focusing on operational efficiencies, technology and data.

Mandalay will partner with you and your existing experts to ensure that outcomes align with organisational strategy and the requirements of regulatory compliance.

Product Offering

Assistance Options from Mandalay Consulting

The following service offerings outline how the Mandalay Consulting team can work with you to assess each of your affected facilities and deliver recommended solutions to ensure compliance with the Queensland Waste Levy with minimal disruption.

Download a detailed product sheet here or see below for an overview.

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Consulting Offer
1. Base Support

Ideal for facilities either using Mandalay products and applications or a third-party system.

Remote analysis of your facility layout and traffic flow impacts to small vehicles will be conducted, with a site summary report with recommendations delivered. The following areas will be assessed:

  • Site traffic flows
  • Additional hardware requirements
  • Data structure
Consulting Offer
2. Additional Support – Optional

Specific facilities may require changes to existing setup and where appropriate Mandalay will identify and recommend solutions. All recommendations will be customised and quoted separately.

Examples may include:

  • Reporting formats and templates
  • Action data changes
  • Change management
  • Staff training

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