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Guidelines for Setting Charges in the Public Sector -April 2017

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  • Guidelines for Setting Charges in the Public Sector - April 2017
  • Published: 28 Apr 2017
  • Status: Current
  • Author: The Treasury

Guidelines for Setting Charges in the Public Sector [2017]

Published 28 Apr 2017
Page updated 3 Jul 2017
First Published 1 Dec 2002

The Treasury first issued the 'Guidelines for Setting Charges in the Public Sector' in 1999.  This latest review of the guidance has been prompted by Ministerial interest in ensuring an ‘open book’ approach is applied to cost recovery charges imposed by the public sector; that is, that charges are efficient and effective and that stakeholders have visibility over the costs that underpin the charges they pay.

This update also responds to a recommendation by the Productivity Commission, in its inquiry on Regulatory Institutions and Practices, to review and consolidate guidance on cost recovery.

The guidance has also been expanded, with more detail on the legal aspects of cost recovery, as well as implementation and monitoring of cost recovery regimes, and a clearer expectation for regular reviews.

This revised guidance also launches a new set of Regulatory Impact Statement templates that are specific to cost recovery proposals, called Cost Recovery Impact Statement templates. 

The Office of the Auditor-General also has a set of guidelines on cost recovery. You can find these at Charging fees for public sector goods and services on the Office of the Auditor-General website.

This document is available for download in Adobe PDF format only. An HTML version can be supplied on request from Information Services.

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1 The policy and legislative frameworks

2 Scoping and planning a cost recovery analysis

3 The policy rationale for cost recovery

4 Understanding the costs of outputs

5 Bringing it all together - Design of cost recovery regime

6 Implementation, monitoring and managing cost recovery regimes

settingcharges-apr17.pdf (1,053 KB) pp. 36

Stage 1 Cost Recovery Impact Statement Template

stage1-cost-recovery-impact-statement.doc (287 KB) pp. 5

Stage 2 Cost Recovery Impact Statement Template

stage2-cost-recovery-impact-statement.doc (327 KB) pp. 9
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