MJA has established considerable expertise in reviewing public policy, with specialisation in competition policy and utility regulation. We have provided advice across a spectrum of stakeholders, including regulators, both Commonwealth and State governments, businesses, consumer and environmental organisations, and industry associations.
We provide a number of services assisting decision-makers in public policy, including:
- regulatory pricing and analysis;
- advice on competition issues, particularly regarding access prices;
- regulatory and legislative reviews;
- competition policy analysis;
- strategic planning and policy advice, review and assessment;
- pricing and funding reviews; and
- advice on industry institutional arrangements.
The critical foundation of public policy review is an explicit analysis of the purposes of both the policy (and/or legislation) and the review. Establishment and agreement of these purposes enables public policy reviews to investigate the key drivers of the issues and develop practicable policy responses.
In addition to work on access and regulatory pricing for water and other natural resources, MJA has provided extensive advice in the telecommunications and energy sectors on access prices, recovery of universal services costs and cost benefit analyses of regulation.
For example, MJA provided advice in the Victorian review of gambling licences. This included analysis of frameworks for responsible gambling, costs of provision of gambling services, analysis of gambling expenditure, as well as specific analysis of individual gambling markets and an overall evaluation of alternative regulatory scenarios.
In the case of an examination of pricing principles for the Youth and Family Services Division of the Victorian Department of Human Services, a key foundation of the analysis was to establish and agree on the purpose of any pricing changes within the overall objectives of the Division. MJA undertook a fundamental analysis of the purpose of pricing as a tool and the potential role and limitations of this tool. The analysis highlighted the importance of using this and any tool reflecting evidence-based decision making.
For more information relating to public policy analysis, please contact:
Philip Jones in our Melbourne office: +61 3 9882 1600