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About compliance cost constraints

Before using the BCC to calculate compliance costs, you would first need to set up the compliance cost constraints at the proposal level.

The compliance cost constraints are the basis or assumptions of calculating the compliance costs of your proposal.

Setting up compliance cost constraints

You would need to set up your constraints based on the following assumptions:

  • Whether your ongoing costs per year are constant (never change) or variable (change per year).
  • Whether you're costing by size of the businesses affected or not. There are 3 choices - small, medium and/or large.

Constraint combinations X 4

There are four possible combinations for the constraints on offer:

  • constant ongoing cost + not by size of business
  • constant ongoing cost + by size of business
  • variable ongoing cost + not by size of business
  • variable ongoing cost + by size of business

You choose 1 of the 4 possible combinations before you start to calculate your compliance costs.

Note: Compliance costs for most regulatory proposals are constant per year, but some proposals would have variable ongoing costs per year.

Choosing by size of business

This choice is made at the proposal level.

Business by size according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics is defined as:

  • Small business: if employing less than 20 workers.
  • Medium business: if employing 20 or more workers, less than 200 workers.
  • Large business: if employing 200 or more workers.

Note: Some compliance costs depend on the size of the business. For example, the 'licence fee' may change depending on whether the business is small, medium or large.

However you should you should note that the total number of small, medium or large businesses affected by a particular activity must be less than or equal to the corresponding total number of businesses affected at the option level.

Calculating the total number of businesses affected at the option level

If you've chosen to cost your proposal by size of business, then each option total will be the sum of the number of small, medium, large businesses affected by the option you've created.

The total number of businesses affected at the activity level

The total number of small, medium and/or large businesses affected at the activity level under an option must always be smaller or equal to the number of corresponding size of businesses at the option level.

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Important! The constraints you choose will affect how you calculate your compliance costs. You cannot change the constraints at either the option or activity costing level. Instead, you need to return to the actual section containing this information and make your changes.

Compliance cost reports

The choices you make will not only affect how you calculate your compliance costs, they will also affect what reports you can see.

The options and their related reports are as follows:

    1. constant ongoing cost + not by size of business
      • Business Cost Calculator report
      • Business Cost Calculator present value report
      • Business Cost Calculator detailed report
      • Business Cost Calculator cost category report
      • Business Cost Calculator supporting evidence report
    1. constant ongoing cost + by size of business
      • Business Cost Calculator report
      • Business Cost Calculator present value report
      • Business Cost Calculator present value report by size of business
      • Business Cost Calculator detailed report
      • Business Cost Calculator cost category report
      • Business Cost Calculator supporting evidence report
    1. variable ongoing cost + not by size of business
      • Business Cost Calculator present value report
    1. variable ongoing cost + by size of business
      • Business Cost Calculator present value report
      • Business Cost Calculator present value report by size of business