Australian Government Charging Framework

The Australian Government Charging Framework (the Charging Framework) is a policy of the Australian Government. The Charging Framework covers activities where the government charges the non-government sector for a specific government activity such as, regulation, goods, services, or access to resources or infrastructure.

The Charging Framework applies to all non-corporate Commonwealth entities and selected corporate Commonwealth entities, where the Finance Minister has made a ‘government policy order’ that applies the Charging Framework to them. Non-corporate and corporate entities are defined under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act).

The Charging Framework applies to all new and existing charging activities and relates to:
  • regulatory charging activities
  • charging activities involving access to public resources, infrastructure and/or equipment
  • commercial charging activities, including the sale of goods and services and acceptance of advertising and sponsorship payments.

Accountable authorities are responsible for the application of requirements and principles of the Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines (the CRGs) to regulatory charging activities.

Under the PGPA Act, the person or group of persons responsible for, and control over, each Commonwealth entity's operations. The person(s) or body that is the accountable authority of a Commonwealth entity is as follows:

 

If the Commonwealth entity is....

then the accountable authority of the entity is....

a Department of State

the Secretary of the Department

a parliamentary department

the Secretary of the Department

a listed entity

the person or group of persons prescribed by an Act or the rules to be the accountable authority of the entity

a body corporate established by a law of the Commonwealth

the governing body of the entity, unless otherwise prescribed by an Act or the rules

 

 

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