Regulation affects every resident and business in Queensland. It affects most aspects of people’s lives—the work they do and how they do it, the amount they are paid, the buildings they live and work in, how their personal information is shared and what they can do in their leisure time.
Queensland has primary responsibility for regulating areas that are not expressly identified as federal responsibilities. This includes schools, hospitals, the environment, roads, railways and other forms of public transport, public works, housing and non-residential construction, agriculture and fishing, police, prisons and emergency services. The local government sector is also an important regulator in areas such as waste and animal management, and building and planning approvals.
- With the quality of regulation having a direct bearing on productivity and economic growth, governments have identified regulatory reform as a key element of the economic policy response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- There has been a substantial increase in the volume of regulation over time in both Queensland and nationally.
- Although regulatory reform has been a focus at both the state and national level for over a decade, this does not appear to have resulted in large improvements in the quality or quantity of regulation. The evidence suggests that a broader approach to reform is required.