business regulation


11 Jun 2019

This report analyses and develops a methodology for measuring a category of red tape that to date has been ignored. This category of red tape is described as ‘regulatory dark matter,’ which refers to publications by government agencies that seek to influence the behaviour of...


30 May 2019

The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO’s) management of small business tax debt arising from compliance activities.


13 May 2019

ArtificiaI intelligence (AI) is emerging as a pivotal technology that will transform how economies grow, businesses trade, and people work. Attuned to the significance of AI, governments are rolling out an array of AI frameworks, including agendas and policies aimed at building domestic AI capabilities....


7 May 2019

Many people are calling for greater accountability and care from the big digital platform companies. The question has become - what precisely needs to change? What evidence do we have as to the interventions and solutions that might mitigate against the biggest threats posed to...


8 Apr 2019

In 2018-2019 Woods and Perrin developed a public policy proposal to improve the safety of some users of internet services in the United Kingdom through a statutory duty of care enforced by a regulator. Their work, under the aegis of Carnegie UK Trust, took the...


14 Mar 2019

This report recommends an overarching franchising framework that is fair for all participants and which recognises that, in franchising (just like banking and financial services), disclosure alone is an insufficient regulatory response to power imbalances and exploitative behaviour by powerful corporations.


24 Jan 2019

This paper outlines how the rapid pace of innovation and shifting global leadership in digital technology are creating major challenges for Canada’s digital industries, but how they are also creating new opportunities.

Policy report

11 Jan 2019

At the Australian International Education Conference in October 2018, Dan Tehan, Federal Education Minister, committed to publish performance data on education agents in Australia’s international education system. This document outlines a publication strategy to implement this commitment.


3 Dec 2018

This report provides information on the establishment and conduct of the policy and process inquiry, and key objectives of the Deregulation Agenda. It also examines some of the information presented to the committee, before presenting the committee's findings and recommendations.


16 Oct 2018

Pet owners have high expectations regarding the quality of domestic and imported pet food that they purchase.

Fact sheet

1 Oct 2018

The latest version of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) aims to achieve a highly energy efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050, and compels Member States to develop respective roadmaps, guidelines and measurable, targeted actions.

In order to garner the views...


15 Aug 2018

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


Report from the Connect and Engage small business consultation program
6 Jul 2018

This project was designed to identify ways in which the Fair Work Commission’s guides, resources and services could be improved to meet the needs of the small business community, within the scope of the current legislative framework.


8 Jun 2018

'Red tape' is often a poorly defined term, used in different contexts to mean different things. What one person considers red tape could, to another, be an indispensable piece of regulation. To provide direction to public policy, it is important that there is a clear...


13 Apr 2018

This study draws on detailed survey-based information from business about the performance of New Zealand’s key regulators. The authors conclude from the responses that the (non-executive) board model of governance needs to be more widely adopted, particularly for corporate cops with an economy-wide beat.

Journal article

2 Oct 2017

Do Australian accounting students learn enough about the liability issues surrounding choice of business structures, especially with the high utilisation of trusts?

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...

Discussion paper

1 Apr 2016

Companies often have a safety value. But what is the value of a "value" statement without the means to deliver?


8 Jan 2016

The last few years have witnessed the exponential growth of platforms like Uber and Airbnb and the creation of countless other less well-known examples. The expansion of the on-demand economy puts huge pressure on regulators to adapt it to the existing frameworks for labour and...


18 Jul 2012

This report is the latest in a series, initiated by COAG, directed at benchmarking different areas of state and territory regulation in terms of the relative burdens on business. For this study, the Commission was asked to examine the extent to which different approaches to...



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