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Plaques and memorials may be purchased, supplied and affixed in position by cemetery staff or by an external supplier. External suppliers may be found in the yellow pages or on the internet.
To maintain the correct style and placement of externally supplied products to a specific area within our facilities, prior approval must be obtained from us. A permit fee also applies.
We cannot be held responsible for the quality of goods or workmanship of items purchased and installed by external suppliers.
The National Competition Policy (NCP) is a set of policy reforms adopted by governments throughout Australia. The objective is to encourage a better use of the country’s resources – and hence provide a higher standard of living – through increasing competition and thus the more efficient allocation of (scarce) resources.
NCP targets the public sector, which has historically been protected from competition. But it is not about “competition for competition’s sake”. It emphasises both the importance of competition in providing better, more efficient organisations, and the need to ensure that the benefits of reforms outweigh the costs to the community as a whole.
The most important aims of NCP are:
The Local Government Act 1993 includes provisions relating to NCP for local governments. We have responded to these requirements by applying the Code of Competitive Conduct to its cemetery services.
Some of these business activities include a Community Service Obligation (CSO). The value of a CSO is determined by us and represents an activity’s cost which would not be incurred if the activity’s primary objective was to make a profit.
We provide funding from general revenue sources to the business activity to cover the cost of providing non-commercial community services or costs deemed to be CSO’s. The CSO associated with cemetery services include:
In our Annual Report we include financial details of the above business activities including CSO’s in accordance with the NCP requirements.