In December 2021, the Queensland Government’s Statewide Land and Tree Study (SLATS) released the most recent detections of forest and woodland destruction for 2018-19 using a new and more accurate methodology. This report analyses the 2018-19 SLATS data to quantify destruction of forested habitats for...
Climate policy has entered a new era, as public investment increasingly moves to centre stage. While essential for decarbonisation, public investment is not enough—the carrots of investment need to go hand in hand with regulatory sticks. This paper advances our understanding of how to tie...
This research finds that seafarers working on foreign-registered freight ships in Australian waters face regular theft of wages and other entitlements due to legal loopholes and poor enforcement of labour standards.
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...
This report summarises the Australian Energy Regulator's compliance and enforcement outcomes which are a key tool in the regulatory toolkit, deployed with the aim of ensuring that energy consumers are better off, now and in the future.
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.
This paper aims to support better-targeted and more homogeneous data collection and comparative analysis of regulatory oversight bodies (ROBs). To do so, it builds on relevant academic literature and available data to sharpen the definition of ROB used in OECD analytical work and policy discussions.
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.
Market studies have recently risen to prominence in Australia’s competition policy. This article explains the role of market studies and makes the case that they are an important and complementary part of the toolkit for a competition enforcement agency.
This report assesses the climate strategies of 25 major global companies, critically analysing the extent to which they demonstrate corporate climate leadership.
The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Australian government's management of international travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
IBAC performs an important role in exposing, investigating and preventing corruption across the public sector, including the corrections sector. This report focuses on four investigations – Operations Rous, Caparra, Nisidia and Molara – outlining the corruption issues involved, factors that may contribute to these issues...
This paper places a particular emphasis on culture change in the audit industry – an area that is under-studied and has not been sufficiently covered in the UK government’s reviews.
This document presents a review of the literature relating to existing approaches to addressing financial abuse of women. It explores how the issue of financial abuse is defined and discussed, maps a variety of interventions and programs in place to which respond, and prevent the...
While the enforcement end of regulation is undoubtedly necessary, it is more helpful to start with the overarching objective of regulation: changing the behaviour of the regulated community.
As anyone tasked with developing their agency’s regulatory strategy knows only too well, the landscape of available ideas is crowded and confusing. This presentation discusses some of the approaches that will be most helpful in making, explaining and evaluating regulators' choices, setting their posture and...
The objective of this audit was to examine the effectiveness of the Australian Electoral Commission’s management of financial disclosures required under Part XX of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, including the extent to which the AEC is achieving accurate and complete financial disclosures.
In 2019, the Attorney-General of Australia, the Hon Christian Porter MP, asked the ALRC to undertake a comprehensive review of the Commonwealth corporate criminal responsibility regime, emphasising the need for effective law to hold corporations to account for criminal misconduct. This report outlines the findings...