The Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme (TFES)
If you transport goods to or from the mainland you may be eligible to claim part of the costs through the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme.
TFES is an Australian Government initiative intended to offset part of the cost of transporting freight across Bass Strait, to and from Tasmania. Eligibility criteria need to be met before claiming.
The TFES rebate is funded through the Australian Government's Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development in Canberra. The claims are processed by the Tasmanian Transport Program, which is housed within the Department of Human Services at Centrelink.
Why do we need the TFES?
Throughout Australia, the cost of transporting freight by road should be roughly the same per kilometre, regardless of whether the goods are travelling from Melbourne to Brisbane, or Sydney to Hobart. However, since Tasmania faces additional costs over the 420 kilometres of 'highway' across Bass Strait, the TFES helps to reduce this disadvantage.
What does the TFES cover?
Claims can be made for freight transport between the Tasmanian mainland and mainland Australia. The TFES also covers freight transport from King Island and any island in the Furneaux Group, to mainland Tasmania or mainland Australia. In certain circumstances, additional assistance is available for shipments to mainland Australia from the Furneaux Group (Furneaux Group Additional Assistance).
For information on what is an eligible freight movement northbound (out of Tasmania) and southbound (into Tasmania) and how to lodge a claim, please refer to Centrelink - Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme (TFES).