Public Crematorium Services Competitive Neutrality


On 20 December 2019, the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission (the Commission) received a request from the Treasurer to provide advice to help ensure that the new crematorium facility to be built and operated by the ACT Public Cemeteries Authority (Canberra Cemeteries) operates in a manner consistent with competitive neutrality.

The scope of work for the advice specifies a two stage process. Stage one requires the Commission to develop detailed pricing principles to guide Canberra Cemeteries in developing a costing methodology and prices for the public crematorium services and products that will be consistent with the Competitive Neutrality Policy. Stage two requires the Commission to assess Canberra Cemeteries’ pricing proposal, including its proposed costing methodology and prices, for compliance with the detailed pricing principles and more broadly with the Competitive Neutrality Policy.

Release of Draft Report

On Friday 27 March 2020, the Commission released a Draft Report for stage one of its advice on competitive neutrality regarding the operation of Canberra Cemeteries’ proposed crematorium facility.

A copy of the Draft Report and media release are available below.

Submissions on the Draft Report close at 5.00 pm, Thursday 16 April 2020. Details on how to make a submission are available at https://www.icrc.act.gov.au/submissions.

Document NameTypeSizePublished date
Media ReleasePDF220.8 KB27 Mar 2020
Draft Report - Public Crematorium Services Competitive Neutrality PDF1.1 MB27 Mar 2020

Submissions on Issues Paper

Document NameTypeSizePublished date
Canberra CemeteriesPDF259.5 KB27 Feb 2020
Cemeteries and Crematoria Association of NSWPDF245.0 KB27 Feb 2020
Harris McDonald Pty LtdPDF91.1 KB27 Feb 2020
InvoCarePDF566.4 KB27 Feb 2020
Norwood ParkPDF193.0 KB12 Mar 2020

Release of Issues Paper

On Friday 31 January 2020, the Commission released an Issues Paper for stage one of its advice on competitive neutrality regarding the operation of Canberra Cemeteries’ crematorium facility.

A copy of the Issues Paper and request from the Treasurer are available below.

Submissions on the Issues Paper close at 5.00 pm, Friday 14 February 2020. Details on how to make a submission are available at https://www.icrc.act.gov.au/submissions.

Document NameTypeSizePublished date
Release of Issues PaperPDF928.5 KB31 Jan 2020
Scope of workPDF271.8 KB31 Jan 2020