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Defence Housing Australia

Investigation report 13

The Australian Government Competitive Neutrality Complaints Office report, Defence Housing Australia, was released on 8 May 2008.

The investigation resulted from a complaint from the Real Estate Institute of Australia alleging that Defence Housing Australia (DHA) does not face the costs of complying with State and Territory government legislation applying to private sector real estate agents and businesses and, as such, is afforded a cost advantage over these businesses in some activities in which they compete.

The AGCNCO finds that DHA does not gain a regulatory advantage as a result of being government owned. DHA does not breach regulatory neutrality provisions. Further details can be found in the report.

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Contents

Preliminaries

Letter to the Assistant Treasurer

Competitive neutrality policy

1 The complaint
1.1 Nature of the complaint
1.2 About Defence Housing Australia
1.3 Conduct of the investigation

2 Assessment of issues
2.1 Regulatory requirements placed on real estate agents
2.2 Is competitive neutrality policy appropriately applied to DHA?
2.3 Findings

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