Charging for commercial activities

Commercial charging activities include those activities where the Government is involved in an actual or potential market. Even where the Government is the sole provider of the activity, there is usually a degree of user discretion (i.e. it is voluntary) about whether the good or service is consumed. These charging activities are the most consensual form of charging activities.

Depending on the nature of the commercial activity, charges may not require a statutory or contractual basis. Pricing models are usually market driven, but other pricing models may also be used, depending on the charging activity and its objectives.

Examples of commercial activities include provision of specialist or expert services, retail and manufacturing, data services, and acceptance of advertising and sponsorship payments.

Charging Guidance

The above information has been adapted for website publication. It should be read in conjunction with the full guidance on the Australian Government Charging Framework [word document 654 KB].

Last updated: 06 January 2016