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Review of Cost Recovery by Commonwealth Agencies

Public inquiry

This inquiry has concluded. The inquiry report was released by the Commonwealth Government on 14 March 2002.

The inquiry incorporated a National Competition Policy review of fees charged under the Trade Practices Act 1974.

Among other things, the Commission was to report on:

  • the nature and extent of cost recovery arrangements and factors underlying them
  • who benefits from the goods and services to which the arrangements apply
  • impacts on business and the agencies concerned
  • the consistency of the arrangements with regulatory best practice.

The Commission was also required to report on appropriate guidelines for applying cost recovery arrangements.

In the Trade Practices Act component of the inquiry, the Commission was required to have particular regard to fees that restrict competition, whether the benefits to the Community outweigh the costs, and whether the objectives of cost recovery arrangements can only be met by restricting competition.

The inquiry did not cover charges by State, Territory or Local governments, nor general taxation revenue raising.

Questionnaires

Commonwealth Government research, administrative and information departments and agencies were asked to complete a questionnaire to provide the Commission with information regarding their cost recovery requirements and practices.

Approaches adopted by other countries

The Productivity Commission has found it useful by providing information that is important to cost recovery and the policy approaches adopted by other countries. Please note that these documents contain the views of the authors and should not be attributed to the Productivity Commission.

New Zealand Treasury

US Office of Management and Budget

OECD

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat


Draft report

The draft report for this project is not available online.

Contact the Commission's Web Team to request an electronic copy.

Please note: The draft report is for research purposes only. For final outcomes of this inquiry refer to the inquiry report.