Trade regulation


12-month report into the ACMA’s actions under the Interactive Gambling Act 2001
31 Oct 2018

The Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (IGA) was strengthened in 2017, giving the ACMA expanded responsibilities and new powers to disrupt and deter prohibited and unlicensed offshore gambling. Over the last twelve months, the ACMA’s activities have driven a significant change in compliance with the IGA....


19 Sep 2018

The illegal wildlife trade is having a devastating impact on natural environments globally. This global trade has resulted in elephant and rhino species experiencing a drastic decline in their population numbers, and in the case of the northern white rhino, a complete decimation of that...


Speech delivered at the Australian Conference of Economists, 12 July 2018
12 Jul 2018

ACCC Chairman, Rod Sims, delivered a speech to the Australian Conference of Economists, discussing a number of inquires the ACCC is involved with, including: the digital platforms inquiry, the retail electricity prices inquiry, and the consumer data right.

Annual Report

15 Feb 2018

On 11 October 2016, the Senate established the Select Committee on Red Tape (committee) to inquire into and report on the effect of restrictions and prohibitions on business (red tape) on the economy and community, by 1 December 2017, with particular reference to:



1 Dec 2017

The President, Jacob Zuma, replaced his respected Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, on the 30th March 2017. It was the second attempt in two years (this time successful) to put an official in this key position who is "acquiescent" to the president's projects. The immediate...


7 Nov 2017

This paper sets out the size and nature of Australia’s red tape problem and describes the opportunities available to policymakers to boost economic growth without further calls on the Australian taxpayer.


13 Oct 2017

This overview of the Iran nuclear deal provides a basic overview of what is involved and outlines Australia's policy position.

Policy report

11 Sep 2017

Recommends a return to New Zealand’s long-cherished bipartisan trade policy that has been damaged in recent years’ debates over the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Discussion paper

4 May 2017


• Red tape costs the Australian economy $176 billion, 11 per cent of GDP, each year in foregone economic output. Similarly, in the US red tape is estimated to cost $2 trillion annually, or 12 per cent of GDP.

• On...

Journal article

Co-benefits and impacts of energy transformation on resource industries, trade, growth, and taxes
31 Mar 2017

Energy transformation towards 100% renewable energy is economically inevitable, and socially and environmentally desirable, yet it may produce negative signals in outdated statistics as fossil trade diminishes and the sector shrinks. This paradox on should be addressed in a joint report by, e.g., IRENA, IMF,...


16 Nov 2016

Relations between Washington and Beijing are likely to face major change once Donald Trump takes over the White House. This DIIS Policy Brief by Andreas Bøje Forsby offers an overview of US-China relations and how they are likely to develop with Donald Trump in the...


10 May 2016

‘Gearing up for Trade’ evaluation commissioned by the Office of Development Effectiveness in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, assessed the effectiveness of Australia’s support for trade facilitation in Asia and the Pacific, and examined whether the investments have assisted partner countries to better...


13 Apr 2016

Executive summary

Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) is a legal provision in international agreements that enables foreign investors to take host states to an arbitral tribunal for alleged treaty breaches.

• The goal of investor-state arbitration is to provide a de-politicised, unbiased and...

Journal article

24 Mar 2016

The purpose of this paper is to examine the effect of trade policy pertaining to imported processed food on poorer health outcomes of people's in the Pacific island countries.


6 Oct 2015


Significant controversy surrounds the impact of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) in a number of areas. This report focuses on two of these areas by examining the ChAFTA’s provisions on labour mobility.

The first area of controversy is whether the...


4 Oct 2015

Explains how it is that the regulation of welfare of layer hens is now largely a matter of voluntary labeling for consumer choice rather than mandatory government regulation of animal welfare in production conditions.

Summary In mid-2014, Australian consumer affairs ministers announced that...


1 Jul 2015

Outlines the legal status of Airbnb and Uber operations in NSW, and contains an overview of each platform and current usage in Sydney, and where applicable, more broadly in NSW.

Introduction The way in which people consume goods and services has changed dramatically...



1 Jul 2015

Big numbers have a tendency to take on a life of their own, writes Tom Westland

Economic modelling with unstated assumptions is a bit like chicken nuggets with unstated ingredients – one swallows at one’s own risk. And yet there’s been a lot...

Briefing paper

31 May 2015

This paper suggests a process for consultation with business, consumers and various levels of government that would enhance outcomes.


Australia has an open economy that is heavily dependent on trade for its wellbeing. Well formulated evidence based trade policy therefore matters...


21 May 2015

This report examines the debt collection industry in Australia on behalf of the ACCC and its Consumer Consultative Committee.

It aims to provide greater understanding of the industry and to identify structural issues or operational practices that may lead to problematic behaviours within the...



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