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The Local Government Act 2009 (LGA) and the City of Brisbane Act 2010 (COBA) include requirements to ensure local governments comply with the National Competition Policy (NCP). The Local Government Regulation 2012 (LGR) and City of Brisbane Regulation 2012 (CBR) set the thresholds that a business activity must meet to be a significant business activity and to determine whether a business activity is a prescribed business activity for the purpose of applying the NCP Code of Competitive Conduct.

The threshold for significant business activities, other than combined water and sewerage businesses, and prescribed business activities have been amended to increase the threshold amounts to be in line with Consumer Price Index (CPI) applying from the 2019–2020 financial year.

New threshold for significant business activities and prescribed business activities

LGR   Old New
Section 19 Significant business activities (other than the provision of combined water and sewerage services) $9.35M $9.70M
Section 39 Prescribed business activities $328,000 $340,000
CBR   Old New
Section 16 Significant business activities $9.35M $9.70M
Section 29 Prescribed business activities $328,000 $340,000

New threshold for combined water and sewerage business activities.

The provision of combined water and sewerage services will be a significant business activity if 10,000 or more premises are connected to a water service as at 30 June of the previous financial year.