Australian Government Charging Framework

The Australian Government introduced the Australian Government Charging Framework (the Charging Framework) to improve consistency of charging activities and help determine when it is appropriate to charge for a government activity. The Charging Framework supports the Australian Government’s role in delivering quality public programmes to Australian citizens, communities, and the economy more broadly, by assisting to improve programme funding decisions.

The Charging Framework supports government entities to design, implement and review government charging. The Framework does not introduce any additional requirements for government entities, instead it incorporates and builds on the existing Cost Recovery Guidelines, which continue to apply to regulatory charging activities.

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.

The Charging Framework came into effect from 1 July 2015. The Resource Management Guide for the Australian Government Charging Framework [word document 654 KB] can be accessed here.

The Department of Finance has developed initial guidance on the Framework to assist government entities. Further guidance will be developed and published on the Finance website over the next twelve months. Government and non-government stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback on the guidance via

Charging Framework information and tools

Transitional arrangements

The Charging Framework applied to all new charging activities from 1 July 2015. For existing charging activities, responsible government entities and ministers can determine consistency with the Charging Framework at any time, but no later than their next scheduled portfolio charging review.

The principles and requirements of the Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines [ word document 77 KB] continue to apply to regulatory charging activities.

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Frequently Asked Questions



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Last updated: 15 May 2017