Charging for resource activities

Resource charging activities involve charging the non-government sector for the provision of specific rights, privileges, or access to public resources, infrastructure and/or equipment.  Some of these activities may have a regulatory component or require legislation, others may involve contracts.

These activities normally utilise a value-based charging model, where the beneficiary is charged based on the potential value of the activity to them.  Pricing relates to the specific benefit to the individual or group, based on the value of the resource or access to the resource. That said, commercial charging, cost recovery or partial cost recovery can be used, depending on the nature of the charging activity, policy intent and legislation.

Examples of resource charging activities include licenses to access natural resources, charges to access government infrastructure and intellectual property licensing.

Charging Guidance

Further guidance is being developed in consultation with government entities and will be in place by 1 July 2016.

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: 10 August 2015