Competitive Neutrality

Competitive neutrality is about ensuring that significant government business activities compete fairly in the market.

Government owned businesses may not always compete on equal terms because of advantages that arise solely from their public ownership (for example, tax exemptions).

Available on the Commissioner for Better Regulation website, Victoria’s Competitive Neutrality Policy (the CN Policy) sets out the Victorian Government's approach to competitive neutrality and requires government entities to apply measures to account for these advantages unless there are clear public interest reasons for not doing so.

Competitive neutrality ensures that businesses competing with government owned businesses do so on an equal footing.

The Commissioner - supported by the OCBR - is responsible for advising government entities about how to comply with the CN Policy as well as considering complaints made against government-owned business activities.

Find out more on the Commissioner for Better Regulation website.

Reviewed 16/05/2018
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