Competitive neutrality

Ensuring that significant government businesses compete fairly in the market.


The Victorian Government's Competitive Neutrality Policy is to ensure that significant government businesses compete fairly in the market.

The policy sets out the Victorian Government's approach to competitive neutrality. It requires Government entities (including Councils) to apply competitive neutrality principles where appropriate, to account for advantages arising solely from public ownership.

Better Regulation Victoria (BRV) supports the Commissioner to consider complaints made under the policy.


In 2000, the Department of Treasury and Finance published a practical guide to applying the Competitive Neutrality Policy.

Competitive Neutrality Guide to Implementation
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Additional guidance notes

BRV has developed the following additional guidance to supplement the Competitive Neutrality Policy and Guide to Implementation.

Guidance Note - the Commissioner for Better Regulation and Competitive Neutrality
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Guidance note - Identifying significant business activities for competitive neutrality
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Guidance Note - Cost Allocation Methodology
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Applying the Policy

State Government agencies and local governments follow a four-step process to apply the Competitive Neutrality Policy.


If you believe your business has suffered because of a Victorian Government agency or local government not following the Competitive Neutrality Policy, you can contact BRV to discuss this or make a complaint.