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Commonwealth Competition Reform Payments to States and Territories Amount to
The Treasurer today announced the States and Territories will receive approximately
$450m in 2000-01 competition payments. This follows independent assessments of their
progress implementing National Competition Policy reform commitments by the National
Competition Council in June and September 2000.
All States and Territories will receive their full allocation of payments, with the
exception of Queensland and Northern Territory.
“In relation to Queensland, I have accepted the Councils recommendation that
10% suspension be applied over its failure to put in place an adequate Community Service
Obligation framework to address competitive neutrality concerns arising from the operation
of Queensland Rail, and a further 5% be suspended in relation to insufficient progress
implementing of two part tariffs for urban water charges. These suspensions amount to
The Northern Territory has had 5% of its payments suspended in relation to its failure
to introduce the national driver demerits point scheme.
“These amounts may, however, be restored following a positive assessment by the
Council in December 2000.”
Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia will also face further assessment
this December, in relation to progress implementing legislation establishing a tradeable
water allocation framework.
“Water reform is a critical issue for the future, it is important the States and
Territories meet their commitments in this area.”
“Overall, this outcome reflects considerable efforts by all jurisdictions to
ensure their reform obligations are met, even where the original reform timetables may
have been ambitious”, the Treasurer said.
The Treasurer noted that a number of the competition reform areas are highly complex,
with a wide range of economic and social factors to be considered.
“All Governments, however, recognise the benefits to Australia as a whole inherent
in the National Competition Policy agenda.”
3 November 2000
Contact: Niki Savva (02) 6277 7340