Regulation Impact Statement Updates
Official website for publishing regulatory impact analysis information for regulatory decisions announced by the Australian Government, COAG and COAG Councils.
Interactive Gambling Restrictions
Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Communications
On 10 November 2016, the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 was introduced in Parliament, following the Review of Illegal Offshore Wagering which found that between $64 and $400 million is spent on illegal online wagering services each year. The Bill amends the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 to prohibit ‘click to call’ in-play betting services and increases powers of the Australian Communications and Media Authority to...
Imported Food Reforms
Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
On 20 March 2017, the Government announced a public consultation period on the pre exposure draft legislation to strengthen the management of safety risks for imported food.
The proposed legislation will increase the accountability of importers, taking into consideration the food safety and regulatory systems in countries of origin and introducing stronger traceability requirements.
Declaration of Wholesale ADSL
Independent Review – Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
On 3 February 2017, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) released a report of its final decision to extend Declaration of the wholesale Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) service (the Declaration) for five years until 13 February 2022.
The wholesale ADSL service is a point-to-point service which enables network providers to deliver high speed fixed-line broadband internet services...
Amending the Fair Work Act 2009 to Protect Vulnerable Workers
Independent Review – Department of Employment
On 1 March 2017, the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 was introduced into Parliament.
The Government introduced amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 to protect workers from exploitation by unscrupulous employers and improve compliance with Australia’s workplace laws.
The Department of Employment certified the following reports as independent reviews which have undertaken a process and analysis...
Automatic Fire Suppression Systems for Covered Balconies in Residential Buildings
COAG Decision Regulation Impact Statement – The Australian Building Codes Board
On 1 March 2017, the Australian Building Codes Board released the final Decision Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) which considers options to mandate automatic fire suppressions systems for covered balconies over 25 meters in effective height.
The issue in question is the risk to the safety of building occupants from a fire igniting on a balcony of a residential building, where the interior is...
Application of Temperature Control Requirements for Heated Water
Regulation Impact Statement for Consultation – Australian Building Codes Board
In March 2017, the Australian Buildings Codes Board (ABCB) released a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) which considers whether current requirements for temperature control when replacing water heaters in private residences can be improved to further reduce the risk of scalding injuries and fatalities.
The Consultation RIS has been assessed by the...
Diverted Profits Tax
Regulation Impact Statement – Department of the Treasury
On 9 February 2017, the Government introduced the Diverted Profits Tax Bill 2017. The bill introduces a 40 per cent tax on diverted profits to encourage greater compliance by large multinational enterprises with their tax obligations in Australia.
A Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) was prepared and certified by the Treasury, and was assessed as compliant and consistent with best practice by the Office of Best Practice...
Remaking Of Sunsetting Instrument Without Significant Amendments
Australian Securities and Investments Commission
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is remaking its Class Order [CO 03/217] Differential fees, which is scheduled to sunset on 1 April 2017, without significant amendments.
Under equal treatment requirements set out in Section 601FC(1)(d) of the Corporations Act 2001, responsible entities are prohibited from charging different fees to members of the same class. Subject to certain conditions, [CO 03/217]...
National Disability Insurance Scheme Quality and Safeguarding Framework
COAG Decision Regulation Impact Statement – COAG Disability Reform Council
On 9 December 2016, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) endorsed a 2 September 2016 decision of the COAG Disability Reform Council to adopt a national quality and safeguarding framework to apply to providers of supports under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The framework is intended to provide a level of consumer protection for participants in the NDIS and includes:an...
Changes to the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care
COAG Decision Regulation Impact Statement – COAG Education Council
In January 2017, the COAG Education Council endorsed changes to the National Quality Framework (NQF) for Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) arising from the 2014 National Quality Agenda Review.
The most significant changes proposed are:A simplified and more transparent assessment and rating process for all services, which includes a revised National Quality Standard. Measures to improve...