Guidelines for Setting Charges in the Public Sector 
Published 1 Dec 2002
Page updated 27 Jun 2008
The Treasury first issued the 'Guidelines for Setting Charges in the Public Sector' in 1999. The guidelines apply to third party user charges for services where departments or Crown entities are monopoly suppliers. In 2002 the Treasury undertook a review of the guidelines to determine how they could be improved. The review involved consulting a sample of departments and other agencies, as well as a more general overview of charging activities. As a result, the Government endorsed this revised version of the guidelines in December 2002.
In June 2008 the Office of the Auditor-General revised their 1989 guidelines 'Guidelines on Costing and Charging for Public Sector Goods and Services' and they are now entitled 'Charging fees for public sector goods and services'. This revision was done in consultation with the Treasury. The new guidelines complement the Treasury guidelines.
See Charging fees for public sector goods and services on the Office of the Auditor-General website.
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2 Options for the future
3 Outputs and outcomes
4 Options for who to charge
5 Assessment of options
6 Cost structures
7 The structure of charges
8 Cost control
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