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About cost categories

A summary of compliance cost categories.

When using the Business Cost Calculator, identify the compliance tasks and associated activities businesses need to do to comply with a regulation. There are 9 cost categories. One, some or all of these might relate to the activities you create. The cost categories are the costs businesses face for a certain activity under a task to be completed.

Compliance cost categories

Examples

Notification: businesses face costs when they have to report certain events to a regulatory authority, either before or after the event has taken place.

A business needs to notify a public authority before they are permitted to sell food.

Education: businesses face costs when keeping up to date with regulatory requirements.

A business needs to get the details of new legislation and communicate the new requirements to staff.

Permission: businesses face costs when applying for and maintaining permission to conduct an activity.

A business needs to do a police check before employing staff legally.

Purchasing: businesses face costs when having to purchase a service (advice) or a product (materials or equipment) to comply with a regulation.

A business needs to get legal advice (service) or have a fire extinguisher onsite (product).

Record keeping: businesses face costs to keep statutory documents up to date.

A business needs to keep records of accidents that happen at their workplace.

Enforcement: businesses face costs when cooperating with audits, inspections and regulatory enforcement activities.

A business needs to supervise a government inspector when the inspector checks whether a business meets non-smoking laws.

Publication and documentation: businesses face costs when having to produce documents for third parties.

A business needs to display warning signs around dangerous equipment, or a sign at the entrance to home-based business premises.

Procedural: businesses face non-administrative costs imposed by some regulations.

A business needs to conduct a fire safety drill several times a year.

Other: any other compliance cost faced by business that doesn't fit into one of the above categories.

 

With the exception of 'purchase cost', the cost categories are labour activity-based costs. They are also internal business costs. The costs could either be start-up or ongoing costs. The costs are then further broken down into internal or outsourced costs.

'Purchase cost' includes only outsourced costs and is related to the purchase of a service or a product.
'Other' is any other labour activity-based costing.

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