business regulation

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Briefing paper

Regulatory technology: information paper

Regulatory technology (regtech) is the use of technology to better achieve regulatory objectives. This paper is a discussion starter, targeted at policy makers and regulators. It identifies areas where regtech has been useful and offers further potential. It also highlights factors that policy makers and...
Fact sheet

Insolvency reforms to support small business

The Australian government is making changes to our insolvency framework to better serve Australian small businesses, their creditors, and their employees. The changes will introduce new processes suitable for small businesses from 1 January 2021, reducing complexity, time and costs for small businesses.
Report

Governance through a crisis: lessons from COVID-19

Reflecting on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on board practices and processes, the insights in this report have been drawn from interviews and roundtables with directors and company secretaries, as well as a survey of Australian Institute of Company Directors members.
Report

How red tape stops business and job creation

This report combines data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics with RegData Australia to analyse the effect of red tape on business creation. The report finds that up to 398,000 additional businesses could have been created by 2018-19 if regulation was maintained at 2004-05 levels.
Draft report

Technology adoption by firms: technology change and the future of work

This report explores the policies to encourage technological adoption and how governments can better encourage technology uptake by firms and grow productivity.
Book

Doing business 2020: comparing business regulations in 190 economies

Doing Business 2020 is the 17th in a series of annual studies investigating the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. It provides quantitative indicators covering 12 areas of the business environment in 190 economies.
Commentary

Australia versus big tech

Australian policymakers don’t share technology companies’ belief in a borderless world, writes James Panichi.
Working paper

The welfare effects of peer entry in the accommodation market: the case of Airbnb

Since its founding in 2008, Airbnb has grown to list more rooms than any hotel group in the world. This paper examines the determinants and effects of peer production in the market for short-term accommodation, where Airbnb is the main peer-to-peer platform and hotels are...
Report

Regulatory dark matter: how unaccountable regulators subvert democracy by imposing red tape without transparency

This report analyses and develops a methodology for measuring a category of red tape that to date has been ignored. This category of red tape is described as ‘regulatory dark matter,’ which refers to publications by government agencies that seek to influence the behaviour of...
Report

Management of small business tax debt

The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO’s) management of small business tax debt arising from compliance activities.