The Government Prices Oversight Commission ('the Commission) has been established under the Tasmanian Government Prices Oversight Act 1995, which commenced on 1 January 1996.
The Commission is an independent body with responsibility for conducting investigations into the pricing policies and practices of Government Business Enterprises (GBEs), Government Agencies and Local Government Bodies that are monopoly, or near monopoly, suppliers of goods and services in Tasmania.
The Government Prices Oversight Commission has been set up according to National Competition Policy principles which require that a prices oversight advisory should:
- address all significant GBEs which are monopoly suppliers of goods and services and be independent on the GBE being assessed;
- be focused on achieving efficient resource allocation, while having regard to any community service obligations imposed by Government;
- permit submissions by interested persons; and
- publish its pricing recommendations and the reasons for them.
The Commission also investigates complaints about Government bodies that compete with the private sector and conducts other reviews as required by Government.
Summary of Procedures
A summary of procedures adopted by the Commission in its investigations of prices charged by Government Business Enterprises is included in the Annual Report 2001-2002 (Appendix A)
Public Interest Disclosure
The Government Prices Oversight Commission is co-located with the Office of the Tasmanian Economic Regulator and shares resources. Staff of the combined offices of the Commission and the Tasmanian Economic Regulator are employees of the Department of Treasury and Finance and support the Commission and the Regulator in undertaking their functions.
Public bodies are required by the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2002 to publish procedures for the disclosure and investigation of improper conduct or detrimental action by public bodies or public officers. Accordingly, the Commission/Regulator has established procedures.
The Department of Treasury and Finance (Department) has also established procedures for reporting disclosures of improper conduct or detrimental action by the Department or its employees.
To make a disclosure about the improper conduct of public officers or public bodies click here.