G/8.3 Internal User Charging Policy
There are no legal requirements for user charging to be applied to users within the University. However for resource allocation and financial management purposes, it may be appropriate in some circumstances for responsibility centres to charge each other for their goods and services.
The Executive Director, Finance and Resource Planning, is responsible for recommending to the Vice-Chancellor any proposals for internal charging. Such recommendation will be contingent upon the proper process for establishment of new or revised internal charges being undertaken by the responsible organisational area, according to the procedures in G/8.1.
At the completion of the annual review of user charges, a revised Register of User Charges is submitted via the Executive Director, Finance and Resource Planning, to the Vice-Chancellor for approval, after consideration by Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Committee. Following this, the revised Register of User Charges is submitted to Planning and Resources Committee for information.
A proposed internal charge which is not approved and registered may not be levied.
An Internal User Charge is raised when:
An internal user is defined as
In some instances, the University will choose to organise its overheads in such a manner that one area is responsible for the administration of particular goods and services that will be utilised by various organisational areas across the University in the course of their normal business. Examples of such goods and services are postage, telephones, central stores and the purchase of furniture. In these cases, the reallocation of costs according to actual demand in each faculty or division is not regarded as internal user charging for the purposes of this policy.
Internal users are required to pay for goods and services supplied by the University. However, the University shall not require payment where:
In addition charges should not be used between organisational areas as a means to achieve a reallocation of resources unless this is deemed to be in the best interests of the University by the Vice-Chancellor, or the service is outside the core business of the unit and establishment of the service is undertaken on a competitive basis.
In establishing internal user charges for goods and services, all options for provision should be considered in full. That is, a thorough analysis must be undertaken including outsourcing options where suggested.
The Financial and Performance Management Standard 2009 requires that in determining the appropriate level of charges, the following should be considered by the organisational area providing the good or service
In deciding charges for the goods or services, that accountable officer can structure user charges to either cover full cost or decide to charge less than full cost if it is satisfied as appropriate.
Further information in relation to these pricing requirements, including definitions of direct and indirect costs is provided in G/8.1.5. Information about methods of charge calculation for internal charges (including Category A, Category B, Category C, penalties and fines, and donations and contributions) is available in G/8.1.4 .
(a) Internal charging wholly within QUT (no competition with external suppliers)
When a faculty or division offers a good or service on an internal charging basis, and the charge is not subject to competition with external suppliers, then the following conditions must be met
Where internal charges have no external competition the pricing method should be either Category A or Category B; refer to G/8.1.4 (a) and (b). No GST should be included in the pricing calculation for internal user charges in line with G/8.1.5 (c). The following conditions must be adhered to for internal charges which are not offered in competition with external prices
(b) Internal charging offered on an internal basis, but in competition with external suppliers
Where a good or service is to be offered to internal users in competition with other external providers, the internal provider must adhere to the principles of fair competition.
For goods or services offered on an internal basis to QUT clients, and in competition with external suppliers, the appropriate pricing policy is Category C as outlined in G/8.1.4 (c) The following conditions must be met:
Further information on indirect costs, including examples is available in G/8.1.5 (b).
Internal QUT clients should not be required to use the good or service, but should be allowed to obtain competitive quotes from external suppliers as required.
Faculties and divisions may wish to offer internal users a discount on the price of the service to encourage their support for internal production of the good / service and make it a more viable prospect. In this case, internal clients should also be required to use the internal provider as the price is still below that which could be obtained outside the organisation.
MOPP G/8.1 User charging policy
MOPP G/8.2 External user charging policyMOPP G/8.4 Student user charging policy