National Farmers' Federation

Draft Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines: Submission

The NFF’s 9 August 2013 submission to the Department of Finance Draft Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines welcomes the approach taken by the Department of Finance, to ensure greater clarity, consistency and coherence of the cost recovery policy and its requirements to better meet the needs of government and industry stakeholders. The NFF raise several concerns and highlight that cost recovery should be transparent, objectively verifiable, generally well understood, simple to calculate, and be stable over time. Moreover, government entities must avoid gold plating of services, regulatory gaming, avoid politicisation of cost recovery, and must deliver improved service standards.

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