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Regulatory burden

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Regulatory compliance cost


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.
Report

Australia's general aviation industry: interim report

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.
Draft report

Inquiry into reform of South Australia’s regulatory framework: draft report

This draft report provides the South Australian Productivity Commission’s (Commission) initial findings and draft recommendations aimed at modernising South Australia’s (SA) regulatory framework. The task is to identify regulatory reforms to better support investment, reverse negative productivity trends and foster economic growth while protecting public...
Report

Losing our agnosticism: how to make Australia’s foreign influence laws work

This report argues that Australia’s foreign influence laws should be amended to adopt a 'tiered' model, under which conduct originating in certain 'designated countries' would be subject to greater regulation than activity from other sources.
Working paper

Sentiment and uncertainty about regulation

Regulatory policy can create economic and social benefits, but poorly designed or excessive regulation may generate substantial adverse effects on the economy. In this paper, the authors present measures of sentiment and uncertainty about regulation in the United States over time and examine the relationships...
Article

‘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’.
Report

Rent controls: the next mistake in housing policy

This paper explains the reasons rent controls in New Zealand should be avoided, with reference to some recent empirical studies on their effects.
Report

Improving regulation

This research paper examines how regulation can affect the economy and presents a framework to guide regulatory reform and improve regulatory outcomes.
Article

The role of artificial intelligence in regulatory decision-making

While there have been numerous reports on the need to regulate AI in the interests of the community, these and related new technologies also offer an opportunity for regulators to transform their internal processes.
Transcript

The Morrison Government's deregulation agenda

The Hon Ben Morton MP, Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet, delivered this speech about the Morrison Government's current deregulation policy to the Business Council of Australia, in Sydney.
Discussion paper

The future of Australia's aviation sector: issues paper

The Australian government is examining options to further support and strengthen the aviation industry, both to manage the current impacts of the COVID-19 downturn, support the recovery and look at pathways for longer-term reform. This issues paper has been released to generate public feedback.
Report

Rationalising regulation: helping the economy recover from the corona crisis

Australia’s anachronistic, inconsistent and excessive regulatory landscape is an area of immense potential for growth-enhancing economic reforms. This paper considers regulations across a wide range of sectors, including the construction, agricultural, pharmaceutical, retail trade, mining, hospitality and tourism, and childcare sectors.
Report

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.
Audio podcast

Red and beige tape: is regulation a dead weight on the economy?

Adam Beaumont talks with Chris Webb, Executive Director Regulatory Practice and Strategy at the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Victoria about how we define red tape when talking about regulation and the concept of beige tape.
Report

Regulating for NSW’s future

This report explores the regulatory framework in New South Wales, the challenges regulators face in ensuring regulation is fit-for-purpose, and identifies opportunities for the development of a roadmap for regulatory reform to enhance the State's productivity. It also shows how leveraging advanced analytics and artificial...
Working paper

Assessing the efficiency of environmental policy design and evaluation: results from a 2018 cross-country survey

In this working paper, the authors argue that if stringent environmental policies can be designed in a way that minimises economic burdens, they can facilitate the achievement of economic and environmental goals and a cleaner growth model.
Report

Policy lessons from catastrophic events

Research into policy and policy failures tends to focus on analysis rather than implementation and enforcement. The Bennett Institute recently hosted a workshop to bring together people from different domains of safety practice and research backgrounds to discuss the challenge. This report details those discussions.
Report

The growth and complexity of environmental regulation

This report is the first to quantitatively estimate both the growth and complexity of Australia’s primary piece of environmental legislation and the departmental rules it enables.
Report

More news is good news: the case against restricting broadcast journalism

In light of the issues presented by ACMA’s inquiry and the debate around news and the media more broadly, this report outlines the case against further regulation of broadcasting, as well as several recommendations on the way in which policy-makers can create a stronger news...
Website

Red tape reduction: WA

This site provides tools to assist Western Australian agencies with identifying, quantifying and reducing the burden of red tape.