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The Regulation Policy & Practice Collection is designed for practising regulators across Australia and New Zealand to: understand the context in which regulators and regulations operate; provide timely, curated access to relevant reports; and to support learning from other regulators.
Report

Reassessing the regulators: the good, the bad and the Commerce Commission

Regulators should, at times, be unpopular. After all, it is their task to regulate. Nobody wants regulators who are captured by those they are tasked with policing. This report carries valuable advice for any government seeking to strengthen the nation’s regulatory systems.
Policy report

Strengthening digital infrastructure: a policy agenda for free and open source software

Much of the discussion around digital infrastructure has focused on broadband availability, but the role of free and open source software (FOSS) has gone under-appreciated. In this paper, the author calls for government investment and regulation to ensure the future health, security, and growth of...
Report

Tending the tech-ecosystem: who should be the tech-regulator(s)?

This report considers who is best placed to implement and oversee a new era of tech regulation. The authors propose a Tech Policy and Regulation Coordination (TPRC) Model, in response to calls for political leadership, strengthened coordination, increased transparency, access to independent technical expertise, and...
Technical report

Reducing the harm from alcohol by regulating cross-border alcohol marketing, advertising and promotion: a technical report

This comprehensive report details the full extent of the way that alcohol is being marketed across national borders – often by digital means – and often regardless of the social, economic or cultural environment in receiving countries.
Conference paper

Low carbon urban future: how to implement transformative capacities for planning regulations

This article reviews the current literature on sustainability transitions and low-carbon practices to discover how to implement them in planning regulations.
Policy report

The future of digital regulation in Australia: five policy principles for a safer digital world

As Australia starts to implement much needed digital regulation on a number of issues, there is a need to ensure policy initiatives are joined up and coherent. This document presents five overarching policy principles that could assist policy-makers.
Conference paper

Foreign investment in Australian housing: global housing demand and impacts in the local housing market

This paper investigates the underlying drivers attracting cross-border investment to housing market across Australia, explores how these ‘pull factors’ varied before and after the changes of foreign investment policy settings, and how shifting foreign investment regulations over the past decade influenced local housing affordability.
Report

Administration of registration and notifications by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and related entities under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law

This inquiry report focuses on ongoing and emerging issues experienced by health practitioners and notifiers with registrations and notifications, what has been done to address these issues by AHPRA, the national boards, and related regulatory bodies, and what more can be done to improve processes...
Report

Perth Casino Royal Commission: final report

The Perth Casino Royal Commission's final report finds that Crown Resorts are unfit to operate the casino in Perth. However, the Commission stopped short of calling for Crown to be stripped of its licence, saying the operators should undertake remediation work to become 'suitable', and...
Policy report

The regulatory framework for automated vehicles in Australia: February 2022

The purpose of this paper is to present the end-to-end regulatory framework for the commercial deployment of automated vehicles in Australia.
Report

Don't mince words: definitions of meat and other animal products

Definitions of meat and associated terminology exist across various Acts and regulations in Australia. These definitions play a vital role in the collection of levies, export controls and the regulations that govern domestic food consumption. This inquiry report recommends that the Australian government develops a...
Report

Supporting a strong future for Australian aquaculture

This report aims to examine the vast opportunities for aquaculture in Australia, the barriers faced by industry in expanding their operations, and possible improvements to regulation and policy to support a strong Australian aquaculture sector into the future.
Discussion paper

Concepts for a new framework for regulating aged care

This concept paper outlines the early thinking to develop a new regulatory framework to support Australia's future aged care system. The paper provides advice about the need for a modern, risk proportionate framework, as the federal government rolls out the aged care reforms.
Working paper

Do climate policies explain the productivity puzzle? Evidence from the energy sector

Productivity growth in advanced economies has slowed. What accounts for it remains a puzzle. One possible explanation lies with the increased stringency of environmental regulations. The authors investigate this possibility in the case of the regulated energy network industries in a sample of OECD countries...
Report

Register of Foreign-owned Water Entitlements: Productivity Commission inquiry report

This report sets out the Productivity Commission’s findings and recommendations on the effectiveness of the Register of Foreign-owned Water Entitlements. The key message of the report is that there is no compelling case for major changes to the Register.
Report

ACMA compliance priority 2020–21: online casino services targeting Australians

In 2020–21, one of the ACMA’s compliance priorities focused on illegal online casinos that target Australians. This report examines the actions taken to combat these services and the outcomes.
Report

Regulating gas pipelines under uncertainty: information paper

This information paper examines the factors causing downward pressure on domestic gas demand in Australia’s eastern states and options to manage the potential pricing risks for current and future gas consumers.
Discussion paper

Perth Casino Royal Commission: discussion paper on the regulatory framework

The Perth Casino Royal Commission is required to report on any policy, legislative, administrative or structural reforms or changes which might enhance the existing regulatory framework. The purpose of this discussion paper is to explore the changes which might form a recommendation in respect of...
Strategy

A blueprint for trade and investment with Indonesia

This document provides practical and strategic guidance for Australian businesses considering market opportunities in the Indonesian economy for the first time. It also helps Australian business take advantage of complementarities between the two economies, laws and regulations.