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...
The VEC's role is to ensure all Victorians actively participate in their democracy and to deliver high quality, accessible electoral services with innovation, integrity and independence. This statement aims to provide transparency and predictability in the Commission's compliance responses.
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.
The Bell Review was established to assess The Star’s suitability to hold a casino licence and to examine compliance with its legal obligations. The review was activated under sections 30 and 143 of the Casino Control Act 1992 and began in November 2021. The report...
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.
Indigenous organisations in Australia are regulated by state governments through well-understood and institutionally embedded mechanisms of corporate governance. This research aims to better understand the factors that contribute to Indigenous corporation success ‘beyond compliance’.
The Payment Times Reporting Act 2020 (the Act) has been in operation for over 12 months, with 8,885 reporting entities reporting under the scheme and 16,801 payment times reports received to the Register by 30 June 2022. This first update provides a summary of reports...
The Superannuation Guarantee (SG) system operates largely without regulatory intervention. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has reported a high rate of voluntary compliance with SG. In respect of superannuation, the ATO’s role is to encourage voluntary compliance and enforce the penalties of non‐compliance.The objective of...
A key recommendation in this report is that the Australian government amend the Civil Aviation Act 1988 to include an obligation to support the Australian aviation sector to develop and compete nationally and internationally.
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...
The owner of a dam is responsible for its safety. Having a dam safety management program in place can minimise the risk of its failure and the potential impact on human life and property. This audit provides insights on the Queensland dam regulator’s framework for...
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.
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...
The Australian government has regulated foreign investment since 1975. This draft report presents the Commission’s preliminary analysis and views on the rationales for the Register of Foreign-owned Water Entitlements, its effectiveness, costs and benefits, and possible improvements, for both its current and future forms.
This article describes the challenges but also the rewards to industry, the community and the environment when a 'problem-centric' approach to regulation, rather than process-driven or function-driven regulation, is adopted by Australian regulators.
This is the first time since the granting of the Perth Casino licence in 1985 that there has been an inquiry into the casino's regulation. This inquiry is an important step in the process which will ensure that casino regulation in Western Australia is of...
Trying to make a good first impression: a natural field experiment to engage new entrants to the tax system
This paper studies the compliance behaviour of new entrants to the tax system using data from a large-scale natural field experiment that was implemented in collaboration with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
This guide provides a baseline level of information about changes that will streamline the way child youth and family, homelessness, state disability and supported residential services are regulated.
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.
Describing a recent investigation of 49 fast food, café and restaurant businesses in Melbourne’s Degraves Street and Hardware Lane and Brisbane’s West End, this report outlines the recovery of $1,212,727 in unpaid wages to potentially vulnerable young workers such as university students.