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.
The principles and practice of local government in the Australian three-tiered system of government
This paper discusses the role of local government in the three-tiered system of government in Australia, with special reference to the roles of state and local government in New South Wales.
Conditions for good regulatory stewardship
Regulatory stewardship is a responsibility of both regulatory policy and operational functions. It involves adopting a whole-of-system, lifecycle view of the quality of regulation and its implementation, and taking a proactive and collaborative approach to the monitoring and care of the regulatory systems.
Regulatory policy 2.0 - viewpoints and beliefs about better regulation: a report from the “Q exercise”
Regulatory policy today is still grounded in principles and tools designed a few decades ago, but the context has changed significantly. This report provides empirical evidence and implications for the future direction of regulatory policy.
Operating Warragamba Dam for flood mitigation: current legal and regulatory barriers
After 28 years without a major flood, the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley has experienced three major floods in the past three years. A proposal to raise the Warragamba Dam wall for flood mitigation in the Hawkesbury-Nepean is currently being assessed for development. This e-brief describes some of...
Space technology in Australia
This paper provides a background on Australia’s space industry, the relevant public and private organisations, and the legislative framework governing it. The author also examines the opportunities and challenges the industry currently faces, with respect to regulation and competition from overseas counterparts.
Effectiveness and capability review of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission
This inaugural review assesses ASIC’s effectiveness and capability across strategic prioritisation, planning and decision making, surveillance and licensing. It contains four recommendations which focus on ASIC's data and technology capability, engagement with stakeholders, ability to measure its own effectiveness and capability, and continuing to broaden...
On-road enforcement for automated vehicles: discussion paper
This discussion paper examines whether state and territory law enforcement officers have sufficient powers to interact with and respond to the road safety risks of automated vehicles. It also considers practical aspects of interacting with automated vehicles and proposes options to address any identified gaps.
Regulatory approaches to preventing organised crime among outlaw motorcycle gangs
This study explores the impact of a regulatory approach to organised crime in Queensland which restricted outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) members from working in certain industries.
Extending regulatory public value in Australia
This article summarises a panel discussion about the state of regulation systems in Australia, suggesting that, while the 'responsive' regulator ideal is attractive, it may not be enough. It also asks whether the social compact about regulation has changed in late-COVID Australia.
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...
Accelerating the electric vehicle revolution: why the UK needs a ZEV mandate
This document explains why accelerating the switch to battery electric vehicles with a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate is crucial to cut emissions, save consumers money, and futureproof UK industries and jobs.
Regulatory Impact Analysis guide for ministers’ meetings and national standard setting bodies
This guide sets out the regulatory impact analysis requirements for decisions taken by intergovernmental decision-making bodies.
This research paper examines how regulation can affect the economy and presents a framework to guide regulatory reform and improve regulatory outcomes.
How to regulate
The purpose of the handbook is to assist officials involved in regulatory activities, to learn how to tackle certain regulatory challenges and to develop a tailor-made systematic approach to improve their regulation. The guide can also be used as a basis for training courses or...
Power to the people
This report considers ways to improve consumer protection and promote competition within the context of recovery from COVID-19 and the end of the Brexit transition period.
Regulatory stewardship: the challenge of joining a virtue and a mechanism
This article explores the challenges New Zealand’s regulatory agencies face in operationalising regulatory stewardship, and provides some conceptual clarity that may aid these agencies in collaborating to develop and adopt the whole-of-system, life cycle view of regulation that is envisaged.
"What’s in a name?" Does knowing you’re a regulator make a difference?
This article discusses a not-so-obvious question of what kinds of people and organisations actually perform the role of a regulator, and why this might matter.
Building for the future
This strategy focuses on opportunities for building regulation in the next 10 to 15 years, to provide people with safe, healthy, durable, accessible buildings that support social, economic and environmental wellbeing now and in the future.
Never let a crisis go to waste: social policy opportunities from COVID-19
In this paper, the authors share a range of ideas relating to health, labour markets, the tax and transfer system, gender equality, education, housing, and criminal justice. The aim is to provide an optimistic, forward-looking counterpoint to what has undoubtedly been a catastrophic year.
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...
Precast concrete building construction process comparison
This paper deploys value stream mapping (VSM) as a lean methodology to investigate and compare the process differences between a Canadian precast project and a Chinese precast project as a basis for improvements in reducing process waste.
ACT electricity prices set to drop
ACT residents will soon see cheaper electricity costs on their bills thanks to the ACT Government's investment in renewable energy. Initiative: Investment in renewable energy
Covid-19 SCRUB survey wave 2: what are Australians doing and who are they listening to?
BehavioursWorks Australia is leading the Australian chapter of the Survey of COVID-19 Responses to Understand Behaviour (SCRUB) project, which aims to give policymakers actionable insights into public attitudes and behaviours relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
New $6m tender to help reduce homelessness in SA
The Marshall Liberal Government is calling for Expressions of Interest from organisations capable of delivering reductions in homelessness across South Australia. Initiative: Homelessness Prevention Fund