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Book bounty

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The book printing industry was assisted by means of a bounty between 1969 and December 1997. To assist the printing industry, the Minister for Industry, Sciences and Resources introduced a new scheme for the period 1 January, 1999 to 30 June, 2003 . It covers paper used in the production of eligible books completed on or after 1 January, 1999 but before 1July, 2003.

Book printers can claim payment of 4% of their paper purchase price to compensate for the effect of duty on their paper inputs. All paper used in the production of eligible books, whether actually imported or not, and whether duty was actually paid or not, will be eligible under the scheme.

Eligible books

Under the new scheme, a book is eligible for payment if it conforms with the following definition:
A book is a number of printed pages (text or picture) bound together along one edge into covers.

In terms of the above, bound is taken to mean that the pages are securely fastened together in covers of paper, paperboard or other binding material by sewing, saddle or side stapling, comb, spiral, ring or velo binding.

In addition, to be eligible, there must be:

  • An absolute minimum of 1,000 copies of the book in each production run
  • A minimum number of pages as follows:
  • 49 pages for normal books
  • 16 pages for educational or children’s books
  • no page restriction on case bound books.

Definitions used in book bounty scheme

Educational Book

A book intended for, or suitable for, use in connection with education provided by a recognised educational institution. Does not include books that are wholly or substantially a collection of exam papers, or copies of examination papers used in past examinations.

Children's Book

A book intended for children, with or without pictures, of which the text (if any) is not less than 3mm in height.

Ineligible books

Whilst publications may meet the general eligibility above, they do not receive compensation if they fall within one of the following categories:

  • Catalogues and books of a promotional and advertising nature 
  • Magazines, journals and periodicals 
  • Books that are stationery articles 
  • Australian telephone directories and timetables 
  • Annual reports, prospectuses and in-house publications.

Under the new scheme, the bounty can only be claimed by the printer. Depending on the size of the printing job, the University can ask or reach an agreement with the printer to receive part or the full benefit of the 4% reduction in paper costs.

Requesting the printing of a book

Requisitions for printing are subject to the University's quotation policies.

To order the printing of a book a requisition and order must be raised.

Further Information is available from Purchasing section x7255.

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