Public Camping Competitive Neutrality Policy Statement

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On 14 December 2017, the Premier's Local Government Council (PLGC) agreed to establish a stakeholder group, comprising representatives from local councils, relevant State Government agencies, the Local Government Association of Tasmania and industry, to provide advice to the Government on the practical implementation of competitive neutrality principles to council-provided recreational vehicle parking and camping facilities.

A Steering Committee reporting to the Minister for Local Government was established to conduct the Review, with representatives from the Departments of Premier and Cabinet, Treasury and Finance and State Growth. The outcome of the review was a new Policy Statement, intended to provide clarity and certainty for stakeholders.

  • defines public camping;
  • clarifies relevant businesses activities;
  • provides a clear threshold for identifying significant business activities;
  • clarifies that full cost attribution for public camping facilities should only be applied where appropriate; and
  • provides a new process for the Treasurer to issue a Ministerial Statement regarding a specific camping site, which has the effect of exempting the site from full cost attribution principles where a public benefit assessment has demonstrated it is appropriate.

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