Red tape



Queensland's green tape crisis: an analysis of the growth of Queensland's environmental bureaucracy and agricultural sector

This report estimates the size and growth of Queensland’s environmental bureaucracy since the year 2000, and compares it against the size and growth of Queensland’s agricultural sector.

The nuisance cost of tariffs: research paper

This report argues that in Australia’s low tariff-rate environment, the costs of the tariffs arise primarily from the complexity of the tariff system, rather than from distortions to the economy. These costs are in addition to the tariff itself and increase costs of businesses, and...
Literature review

Regulation and the war on red tape: a review on the international academic literature

This article interrogates both the more extreme claims of the anti-regulation advocates and the alleged successes of anti-red tape initiatives, identifying a critical clash of values over the role of the state and the appropriate relationship between government, business and the community.

‘Red tape’ and ‘beige tape’: what are they and why do they matter?

In this article, strategist and facilitator, Adam Beaumont, recommends regulators focus on their underlying objectives and practices when implementing regulatory rules and approach, and don’t let poor practice tie up duty holders in ‘beige tape’.

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.

Section 487: How activists use red tape to stop development and jobs (2020 update)

This report estimates that $65 billion of investment in major projects across Australia has been put at risk due to the legal activism of green groups enabled by Section 487 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act.

Australian government response to the Red Tape Committee report - Effect of red tape on private education: interim report

The Australian government welcomes the interim report on the effect of red tape on private education by the Senate Select Committee of Red Tape Committee (the Committee), which was tabled on 29 November 2018. The report makes seven recommendations. This response addresses the recommendations of...

The Trump Administration’s red tape reduction agenda

This paper finds the Trump Administration’s deregulation agenda, along with a range of other free market policies, including a reduction to the corporate tax rate from 35 per cent to 21 per cent, liberalisation of the domestic energy sector, and instant asset write-offs, has contributed...

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...

Policy and process to limit and reduce red tape: final report

This report provides information on the establishment and conduct of the policy and process inquiry, and key objectives of the Deregulation Agenda. It also examines some of the information presented to the committee, before presenting the committee's findings and recommendations.

Effect of red tape on private education: interim report

This interim report presents the committee's findings and conclusions about the effect of red tape on private education (private education inquiry).

Effect of red tape on child care: interim report

This interim report presents the committee's findings and conclusions about the effect of red tape on child care (childcare inquiry).
Draft report

Effect of red tape on occupational licensing: interim report

This interim report presents the committee's findings and conclusions about the effect of red tape on occupational licensing (licensing inquiry).

Five principles of red tape reduction

'Red tape' is often a poorly defined term, used in different contexts to mean different things. What one person considers red tape could, to another, be an indispensable piece of regulation. To provide direction to public policy, it is important that there is a clear...

Effect of red tape on health services: interim report

This interim report presents the committee's findings and conclusions about the effect of red tape on the provision of health services.

Effect of red tape on pharmacy rules: interim report

On 11 October 2016, the Senate established the Select Committee on Red Tape (committee) to inquire into and report on the effect of restrictions and prohibitions on business (red tape) on the economy and community, by 1 December 2017, with particular reference to: (a) the...

Barriers to prosperity: Red tape and the regulatory state in Australia

This paper sets out the size and nature of Australia’s red tape problem and describes the opportunities available to policymakers to boost economic growth without further calls on the Australian taxpayer.

The new Royal Adelaide Hospital: a case study in blow-outs, red tape and union influence

Did you know that the seventh most expensive building in the world is being built right here in Australia? It’s the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (nRAH)—a project that is 18 months behind schedule and $640 million over budget.
Discussion paper

Reducing red tape in Australia - 'one in, two out' rule

According to this paper, red tape costs the Australian economy $176 billion, 11 per cent of GDP, each year in foregone economic output. Similarly, in the US red tape is estimated to cost $2 trillion annually, or 12 per cent of GDP.

Reducing the burden of red tape

Red tape can be broadly defined as the excessive, unnecessary or confusing burden imposed on organisations and individuals as a result of regulation. Successive Victorian governments since 2006 and repeated industry surveys have identified reducing red tape as critical to unlocking significant economic growth. Effective...

The independent review of whole-of-government internal regulation

The Independent Review of Whole-of-Government Internal Regulation (the review) was commissioned by the Secretaries Board in March 2015 in response to a perceived burgeoning of regulation within the Commonwealth public sector. The report makes observations on culture in the APS as it relates to regulation.
Conference paper

Regulation challenges hindering the revitalisation of Commonwealth land

In the past most areas of Commonwealth land were reserved for specific defence purposes or managed as conservation areas designed to protect natural heritage features. In recent years, however, the identity of Commonwealth land has undergone a dramatic change as the impacts of corporate liberalism...