Competitive neutrality

Competitive neutrality is the policy that a public sector business, or agency, should not have a competitive advantage (or disadvantage) over the private sector solely due to their government ownership.

In Queensland, the competitive neutrality principle is applied to all Government Owned Corporations (GOCs), government agencies and Local Governments carrying out significant business activities or activities prescribed under a regulation. The QPC is responsible for the Queensland State Government’s competitive neutrality complaints mechanism. The approach to receiving complaints, undertaking investigations and providing recommendations to Government is set out in the relevant guidelines and legislation. We encourage you to contact us to discuss your complaint.  

State Government

If the QPC investigates a competitive neutrality complaint made under the Queensland Productivity Commission Act 2015, it must prepare a written report about the investigation, including the results of the investigation, and give the report to the Minister. The Minister must give the QPC a response to the report as soon as practicable after receiving it. The QPC must publish the report on its website, as soon as practicable after receiving a response from the Minister.

Local Government

For a competitive neutrality complaint made under the Local Government Act 2009, a local government given an investigation report by the QPC must ensure the public can inspect a copy of the report at the local government’s public office as soon as practicable after being given the report. For an investigation report relating to a local government, please consult with the relevant local government. For investigations completed (prior to December 2015) under the Queensland Competition Authority Act 1995, please visit the Queensland Competition Authority website.