What works in tobacco harm reduction and vaping

Vaping has become a topical issue in Australia and internationally in recent years. In this report, the authors look at the history of tobacco use, currently available tools to quit, how we came to have nicotine vapes, the current questions and controversies surrounding vaping, and...

The Government Regulatory Technology Report 2022: optimism meets barriers to progress

The use of technology by regulators has the potential to improve how regulators operate and how easily and or effectively those they regulate comply. This article discusses a new survey that reveals the degree to which regulators are adopting these technologies.
Discussion paper

Review of the anti-siphoning scheme: consultation paper

The Albanese Government committed to undertake a review of the television anti-siphoning scheme during the 2022 federal election campaign. This consultation paper initiates the review and sets out a range of issues associated with the regulation of sports coverage.

New horizons: what can England learn from the professionalisation of care workers in other countries?

Care workers have undoubtedly been first on the front line, delivering care in perilous conditions, but last to see any meaningful acknowledgement and reward for their continuing perseverance. This report argues that there is now an opportunity for policy-makers to reverse the deepening workforce recruitment...

Review of Ofgem's regulation of the energy supply market

This report contains the findings of an independent review in the United Kingdom, commissioned by Ofgem's Board, into the root causes of the recent supplier failures and specifically, into how regulation of the retail energy industry played a part.
Working paper

Occupational licensing and accountant quality: evidence from the 150-hour rule

This paper examines the effects of occupational licensing on the quality of Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), especially considering the adoption of the 150-hour rule, which increases the educational requirements for a CPA license.

Report of the Inquiry under section 143 of the Casino Control Act 1992 (NSW)

The findings from this inquiry have cast real doubt upon Crown Resorts' suitability to hold a gaming licence in New South Wales. It remains to be seen how the Victorian and Western Australian governments will react, given that Crown currently operates casinos in both states.

Select Committee on the Aboriginal Flag: report

The Senate Select Committee on the Aboriginal Flag was established in September 2020 to inquire into and report on current and former copyright and licensing arrangements for the Aboriginal flag design. This report outlines the Committee's recommendations.
Conference paper

Licensing the radical: from licensed squatting to meanwhile use in London and Regional Australia

This paper positions the now-redundant Australian Renew Newcastle scheme for temporary building occupation as an example of ‘meanwhile use’: the UK term for the sanctioned short-term use of vacant urban properties awaiting redevelopment.

Research data rights management guide

This guide helps researchers and data managers choose an appropriate licence for research data via the data rightsholder’s/creators flowchart. It walks them through what to consider when using data not owned or created by the researcher, and how to ensure appropriate licences on data that...

Business and government: a complex dance

This report examines how business can build a better relationship with government, by seeking advice from those who had worked both sides of the fence - business leaders whose former careers were in politics and the bureaucracy.

Standards Australia Distribution and Licensing Policy Framework

This response to the Standards Australia discussion paper is informed by our commitment to providing access to information to those who need it.

Inquiry into reform of business licensing in Western Australia: final report

Business licensing in Western Australia is varied and far-reaching, for example covering driving, teacher registration, kangaroo shooting and cat breeding. To improve the current licensing schemes, this inquiry sought to identify the reasons why reform can be difficult for agencies and legislators, and proposes ways...

Report of Independent Review Panel gaming machines licensing process: allocation

This is a report to the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation (the Minister) by the Independent Review Panel (the Panel) in relation to the allocation of gaming machine entitlements in the State of Victoria from 16 August 2022. The report is provided...
Draft report

Effect of red tape on occupational licensing: interim report

This interim report presents the committee's findings and conclusions about the effect of red tape on occupational licensing (licensing inquiry).
Journal article

The value of health damage due to sulphur dioxide emissions from coal‐fired electricity generation in NSW and implications for pollution licences

The health impacts of air pollution are increasingly recognised, with the main sources being transport, electricity generation and biomass burning. There is extensive public debate about the transition of the electricity sector away from coal-fired generation, but the health effects are not being heard in...

Investment timeframes and spectrum licensing: licensees look to minimize their spectrum risks

Regulators around the world are looking for ways to maintain flexibility in radio-communications licensing while giving investors some certainty about spectrum tenure. One of the issues raised in this context is the duration of licenses. All things being equal, a longer license provides more certainty...
Briefing paper

Red light, green light: aligning the library to support licensing

Prices for certain scholarly resources continue to outpace budget increases, and librarians do not feel in control of budgets and pricing. What if libraries found ways to bring together the whole library behind the objective of stabilizing or reducing what they pay?
Journal article

Impacts of changes to trading hours of liquor licences on alcohol-related harm: a systematic review 2005–2015

Legislative limits on trading hours for licensed premises have a long history in Australia as a key policy approach to managing alcohol-related problems. In recent years, following substantial extensions to permitted hours of sale, there has been renewed attention to policies aimed at reducing late-night...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Does Uber need the law to change?

The CEO of the Victorian Taxi Association, David Samuel, claims the arrival of Uber has left the established taxi industry the victim of an uneven playing field, with Uber not having to bear the costs that the rest of the industry faces.

Liquor licensing restrictions to address alcohol-related violence in NSW: 2008 to 2014 - April 2015 update

Overview: The issue of alcohol-related violence, and in particular violence occurring in and around licensed premises, has been at the forefront of debate in NSW for several years. A range of measures have been introduced to tackle this problem, including those announced by Premier O’Farrell...

Liquor licensing restrictions to address alcohol-related violence in NSW: 2008 to 2014

Introduction: The issue of alcohol-related violence, and in particular violence occurring in and around licensed premises, has been at the forefront of debate in NSW for several years. A range of measures have been introduced to tackle this problem, including those announced by Premier O’Farrell...

Compulsory licensing of patents

This report presents background information for an inquiry on the compulsory licensing provisions of the Patents Act 1990 (Cwlth). Key points: Like most countries, Australia has legislated a system of compulsory licensing so that patent owners can be compelled to license their inventions to others...

Counting the costs: response to the consultation regulation impact statement proposal for national licensing for property occupations

The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) welcomes the opportunity to provide a response to the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement Proposal for National Licensing for Property Occupations (RIS). This submission is endorsed by REIA’s member REIs, representing 80% of the Australian real estate profession.

Copyright works: streamlining copyright licensing for the digital age

This review discusses options for improving licensing processes in the digital era. Following a recommendation from Professor Ian Hargreaves to establish a cross sectoral Digital Copyright Exchange, the Government appointed Richard Hooper CBE in November 2011 to lead an independent review. The review was conducted...