This worked example follows the 10 steps of the 'Quick guide to manual licence fee calculation'.
 Step 1: Classify activity
 Step 2: Calculate your annual administrative fee for the year commencing 23 September 2000 (your licence's anniversary date)
 Step 3: Identify your assessable pollutants
 Step 4: Determine your assessable pollutant loads
 Step 5: Identify the pollutant weightings (PWs) for each of your assessable pollutants
 Step 6: Identify the critical zone weightings (CZs) for each of your assessable pollutants
 Step 7: Calculate the fee rate thresholds (FRTs) for each of your assessable pollutants
 Step 8: What is the value of one Pollutant Fee Unit (PFU) for the period commencing 22/9/00?
 Step 9: Apply the fee calculation formula
 Step 10: Determine the total pollutant load fee and due date
 Reducing assessable loads  reducing licence fees
Background
You are a licensed sewage treatment system (STS) employing a combination of conventional activated sludge technology and ponds. You have an annual production capacity of 2,000 ML and an actual discharge of 1,742.5 ML of effluent to the Murray Riverina catchment for the 12 months to 22 September 2001 (the anniversary date of your licence).
Step 1:
Classify activity
Protection of the Environment Operations (General) Regulation 2009
FIGURE 1  extract from Schedule 1 of the Regulation
[71]  Sewage Treatment, being activities that transport or treat sewage (including by way of filtering sewage) by the use of a sewerage system (including treatment works, pumping stations, sewer overflow structures and reticulation facilities).
For the purposes of this classification: "discharge'' means the release, reuse or transfer of liquid wastes to surface or ground waters, land or other users as authorised by the licence.
Units of measure (ML discharged)
Licence Administrative Fee
Maximum volume of discharge per annum
Number of administrative fee units
020
5
>20100
8
>1001,000
25
>1,0005,000
65
>5,00010,000
165
>10,00020,000
300
>20,00030,000
420
>30,000
2,650
Note: Schedule 1 is also found in Appendix 2 of Guide to Licensing: Part B
Step 2:
Calculate your annual administrative fee for the year commencing 23 September 2000 (your licence's anniversary date)
TABLE 1  extract from Clause 9 of the Regulation

Administration Fee
= no. of administrative fee units activity attracts x value of each fee unit
= 65 units (from Figure 1 above) x $95 (from Table 1 above)
= $6,175 and is payable within 60 days of the commencement of your licence fee period, ie. 21 Nov 2000.
Note: Where there is more than one activity classification, the administrative fee is calculated for each but only the highest amount is paid (which I will demonstrate using the online fee calculator at the end of the session).
Step 3:
Identify your assessable pollutants
Your assessable pollutants are also calculated with reference to Schedule 1 of the Regulation:
FIGURE 2  extract from Schedule 1 of the RegulationAssessable Pollutants and Fee Rate Threshold Factors

Your assessable pollutants are clearly listed: BOD, oil and grease, total nitrogen, total phosphorus, suspended solids.
Step 4:
Determine your assessable pollutant loads
Your assessable load is the least of your actual, weighted or agreed loads. These are calculated in accordance with the instructions laid down in the Load Calculation Protocol. For this example, you determine the following assessable loads for each assessable pollutant:
Pollutant 
AL (kg) 
BOD 
26,137.5 
Oil and grease 
2,940 
Total nitrogen 
34,850 
Total phosphorous 
4,360 
Suspended solids 
22,580 
Step 5:
Identify the pollutant weightings (PWs) for each of your assessable pollutants
The PW for every assessable air and water pollutant are given in Part 2, Schedule 2 of the Regulation. The PW reflects the relative harmfulness of the pollutant, and for water pollutants it is dependent on whether the discharge is to open coastal, estuarine or enclosed waters (definitions in handout). In your case the discharge is to enclosed waters (the Murray Riverina catchment).
BOD PW = 1
Oil and grease PW = 74
Total nitrogen PW = 23
Total phosphorous PW = 680
Suspended solids PW = 78
Step 6:
Identify the critical zone weightings (CZs) for each of your assessable pollutants
The CZs for applicable air and water pollutants are given in Part 1, Schedule 2 of the Regulation. The CZ reflects the sensitivity or state of compromise of the receiving environment (being a higher weighting where there are greater problems with or a greater sensitivity to the pollutant). If an assessable pollutant is not listed in Part 1, its CZ is assumed to be 1.
Your discharge is to the Murray Riverina catchment, which is listed as a critical zone, therefore:
BOD CZ = 1
Oil and grease CZ = 1
Total nitrogen CZ = 3
Total phosphorous CZ = 3
Suspended solids CZ = 1
Step 7:
Calculate the fee rate thresholds (FRTs) for each of your assessable pollutants
The fee calculation formula operates to double the fee for the portion of assessable load discharged above the FRT for that pollutant.
The FRT for an assessable pollutant (in kg) is calculated by multiplying the actual production by the FRT factor listed adjacent the assessable pollutant in Schedule 1 (see Figure 1 above):
Actual production (ML) 
Pollutant 
FRT factor 
FRT (kg) 
1,742.5 
BOD 
10 
17,425 
Oil and grease 
2 
3,485 

Total nitrogen 
10 
17,425 

Total phosphorous 
0.3 
522.75 

Suspended solids 
15 
26,137.5 
Step 8:
What is the value of one Pollutant Fee Unit (PFU) for the period commencing 22/9/00?
$24 (from Table 1 (Clause 19(7)) above
Step 9:
Apply the fee calculation formula
The annual loadbased fee for an assessable pollutant is calculated using one of the following formulas (taken from Clause 19 of the Regulation):
If the assessable load (AL) is greater than the fee rate threshold (FRT), then use:
Equation 1
Fee = (2AL  FRT) x PFU x PW x CZ
where PFU is the value of one Pollutant Fee Unit (given in Table 2 above = $24 for the period in question). The first part of this formula (in brackets) reflects the fact that emissions above the FRT are charged at double the base rate.
In all other cases the following formula is used:
Equation 2
Fee = AL x PFU x PW x CZ
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10,000
Pollutant 
AL (kg) 
FRT (kg) 
Eq. 1 or 2? 
Fee ($) 
BOD 
26,137.5 
17,425 
1 
83.64 
Oil and grease 
2,940 
3,485 
2 
522.14 
Total nitrogen 
34,850 
17,425 
1 
8,656.74 
Total phosphorous 
4,360 
522.75 
1 
40,133.74 
Suspended solids 
22,580 
26,137.5 
2 
4,226.98 
For example: BOD fee = ((2x26,137.5)  17,425) x 24 x 1 x 1 / 10,000 = $83.64
Step 10:
Determine the total pollutant load fee and due date
Your pollutant load fee is $53,623.24  $6,175 = $47,448.24 (the admin. fee is the minimum, not an additional fee payable, and therefore it must be subtracted from the total fee calculated in the table above). It is payable within 90 days of the end of your licence fee period, ie. 21 Dec 2001.
Reducing assessable loads  reducing licence fees
Background
To reduce your fee you decide to install phosphorus reduction technology that decreases the assessable load of this pollutant by 90%. Because of staged introduction of the new technology, there are gradual reductions in phosphorus discharges over three years, after which time you yield the full 90% reduction.
Question 1: Is it possible to receive financial relief to implement this technology?
Yes  load reduction agreements (LRAs) are voluntary contracts between licensees and the EPA. They specify a date by which load reduction goals for nominated pollutants must be met (covering a maximum period of four years).
The licensee pays a reduced annual fee based on the agreed (reduced) load, as though the reductions have been achieved immediately. Funds that would have been paid as fees are now free for investment in pollution reduction measures.
Penalties apply for failure to meet the agreed load goals, or any other breach of the agreement.
Additional background
You decide to enter an LRA to reduce assessable discharges of phosphorus to a maximum of 450 kg (approximately 10% of current load) within four years. In addition, at the start of this period you implement a sustainable effluentrecycling scheme that reuses 50% of discharges as fertiliser on crops.
Question 2: What are your weighted, agreed and assessable loads of phosphorus for each year of the agreement?
The assessable load is the least of your actual, weighted or agreed loads:
 Your actual load, is your annual mass of emissions of phosphorus (in kilograms) measured directly by monitoring or established indirectly through emission factors;
 Your actual load can be discounted if you take certain measures to reduce the environmental impact of your phosphorus discharges, yielding a weighted load. These measures currently include reusing effluent, provided the reuse scheme is managed sustainably according to criteria laid down in Section 5 of the Load Calculation Protocol;
 Your agreed load is that committed to under a load reduction agreement.
Year 
Actual (kg) 
Weighted (kg) 
Agreed (kg) 
Assessable (kg) 
Fee ($) 
Savings ($) 
1 
4,360 
2,180 
450 
450 
2,203.20 
37,930.54 
2 
3,120 
1,560 
450 
450 
2,203.20 
25,788.46 
3 
1,812 
909 
450 
450 
2,203.20 
12,980.52 
4 
880 
440 
450 
440 
2,154.24 
6,057.58 




Total savings 
82,757.10 
As can be seen from the righthand column of the table, savings achieved through load weighting and LRAs can be substantial.