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Levy rates

The waste levy is applied to general waste streams disposed to landfill, including municipal solid waste, commercial and industrial waste, and construction and demolition waste.

The levy is also applied to regulated (or hazardous) waste disposed to landfill.

More information on Regulated Waste Classification, including a list of regulated wastes is available.

Please refer to the table below for current and future waste levy rates.

GST is not applied to the waste levy when a landfill operator pays the waste levy to the Queensland Government.

GST is applied to the waste levy when a landfill operator charges their customers a fee to cover their levy liability.

* Calculated using the previous year’s levy rate and an indexation figure of 4.3%. The indexation figure is the percentage change in consumer price index for Brisbane from December Quarter 2020 to December Quarter 2021 as published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

View a summary of levy requirements for operators—in the levy zone or in the non-levy zone.

Type of wasteLevy zone (from 1 July 2022)Levy rate (per tonne) increases (per financial year)
2021‑222022‑232023‑242024‑252025‑262026‑272027‑282028‑292029‑30
General levy rate (i.e. other levyable waste)Metro$85$95$105$115$125$135$145CPI increaseCPI increase
Regional$85$88*CPI increase
Treated timber sawdust and shavingsMetro$85$95$105$115$125$135$145CPI increaseCPI increase
Regional$85$88*CPI increase
Earth contaminated with a hazardous contaminant from land recorded on the environmental management register or contaminated land registerMetro$85$95$105$115$125$135$145CPI increaseCPI increase
Regional$85$88*CPI increase
Regulated waste: Category 1Metro$165$175$185$195$205$215$225CPI increaseCPI increase
Regional$165$172*CPI increase
Regulated waste: Category 2Metro$115$125$135$145$155$165$175CPI increaseCPI increase
Regional$115$119*CPI increase

GST is not applied to the waste levy when a landfill operator pays the waste levy to the Queensland Government.

GST is applied to the waste levy when a landfill operator charges their customers a fee to cover their levy liability.

* Calculated using the previous year’s levy rate and an indexation figure of 4.3%. The indexation figure is the percentage change in consumer price index for Brisbane from December Quarter 2020 to December Quarter 2021 as published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

View a summary of levy requirements for operators—in the levy zone or in the non-levy zone.