Competitive Neutrality Guidance

Competitive Neutrality Policy statement and related documentation

Competitive Neutrality Policy

The Victorian Government's Competitive Neutrality Policy defines the scope and application of competitive neutrality to government owned business activities.

Competitive Neutrality Policy 2012 (PDF 338kb)

In 2003, the Government amended the CN Policy to clarify how it applied to local council owned leisure and aquatic centres.

Policy for application to local government owned aquatic centres (PDF 122kb)

Additional Guidance

Practical guidance on the application of CN Policy is available in the Guide to Implementation.

Competitive Neutrality Guide to Implementation (PDF 1016kb)

The OCBR has also developed guidance to supplement the CN Policy and Guide to Implementation on:


  • when to use - and how to apply - the fully distributed and avoidable cost methodologies to calculate fully cost reflective prices PDF (PDF 984kb) or Word (DOCX 50kb)


The Commissioner has also developed protocols to clarify how the Commissioner - supported by the OCBR - implements her responsibilities under the CN Policy and instrument of appointment.  PDF (PDF 137kb) or Word (DOCX 122kb)

Other information

In 2013, the former Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission surveyed how other Australian jurisdictions implemented competitive neutrality and whether there were relevant insights for Victoria.

Competitive neutrality inter-jurisdictional comparison paper - February 2013 PDF (PDF 223kb) or Word (DOCX 117kb)