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Cost recovery

Background

In July 2014 new Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines were issued under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act).

In response, Comcare has reviewed its cost recovery framework and developed a new Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS) to comply with the new Guidelines.

The revised cost recovery framework allows costs to be recovered to fund the functions and activities of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission and Comcare under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 and Work Health and Safety Act 2011. It will also improve the transparency and understanding of how fees and regulatory contributions are calculated and charged to licence holders and premium payers.

In line with the Guidelines, Comcare will report on its cost recovery financial and non-financial performance and continue to consult with payers of regulatory contributions and licence fees.

Licence fee

Cost recovery involves the Australian Government charging the non-government sector some or all of the efficient costs of a specific government activity.

Comcare will publish a CRIS to explain its approach to licence fee cost recovery by 1 July 2015.

Regulatory contributions

The Guidelines do not apply to premiums charged to Australian Government agencies.

The Guidelines also don't technically apply to regulatory contributions applied to other Australian Government agencies, however where a similar charge is applied to non-government sector entities (that is, regulatory contributions) the same methodology will be applied.

Comcare has published a Regulatory Contributions Statement aligned with the CRIS to explain its approach to cost recovery from government sector entities.

For additional information

View the Australian Cost Recovery Guidelines or email Comcare's Cost Recovery team.

Page last updated: 26 Jun 2015