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Cost recovery implementation statement: Blood, blood components and biologicals (human cell and tissue therapies), From 1 July 2015

Version 1.0, July 2015

2 July 2015

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Policy and statutory authority to cost recover

The Australian Government's overarching cost recovery policy is that, where appropriate, non-government recipients of specific government activities should be charged some or all of the costs of those activities. The cost recovery policy promotes consistent, transparent and accountable charging for government activities and supports the proper use of public resources1.

Cost recovery involves government entities charging individuals or non-government organisations some or all of the efficient costs of a specific government activity. This may include goods, services or regulation, or a combination of these. The Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines (CRGs) set out the overarching framework under which government entities design, implement and review cost recovered activities.

In the 1997-98 Budget, Budget Paper No.2, Part II: Revenue Measures it was stated that the TGA would fully recover all costs from industry from 1998-99. The TGA recovers the full costs of its regulatory activities through fees and charges imposed on sponsors and manufacturers of blood, blood components and biologicals (human cell and tissue therapies) therapeutic products.

The Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (the Act) provides a legal authority for the TGA to charge for its regulatory activities within the scope of the Act. Applicable fees and charges are prescribed in regulations made under the Act and the Therapeutic Goods (Charges) Act 1989 (the Charges Act).


Footnote

  1. Under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act), revenue from cost recovery is a public resource for both corporate and non-corporate Commonwealth entities. Section 8 of the PGPA Act defines 'proper' use or management of public resources as efficient, effective, economical and ethical.

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