Regulation Impact Statement Updates
Official website for publishing regulatory impact analysis information for regulatory decisions announced by the Australian Government, COAG and COAG Councils.
Workplace exposure standards framework under the model Work Health and Safety laws
COAG Decision Regulation Impact Statement – Workplace Health and Safety Ministers
On 31 October 2019, a majority of Workplace Health and Safety Ministers (WHS Ministers) agreed to maintain mandatory workplace exposure standards (WES) and implement a streamlined methodology to review and update the WES.
The WES are designed to protect workers against adverse health effects from exposure to airborne hazardous chemicals. The WHS Ministers’ decision means:there will be no...
26 GHz spectrum re-allocation
Independent Review – Department of Communications and the Arts
On 18 October 2019, the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher, issued a spectrum re-allocation declaration to re‑allocate spectrum (25.1‑27.5 GHz) in the 26 GHz band for spectrum licensing.This declaration is consistent with a spectrum re-allocation recommendation provided by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). ACMA is planning to auction these spectrum...
Amendments to the Emissions Reduction Fund Safeguard Mechanism
Regulation Impact Statement – Department of the Environment and Energy
On 6 March 2019, the Government registered and published the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Safeguard Mechanism) Amendment Rule (No. 1) 2019 to amend the Safeguard Mechanism.
The Safeguard Mechanism was established as part of the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). The ERF provides an incentive for activities that count towards meeting Australia’s international climate commitments. The Safeguard...
Remaking of Broadcasting Services (Transmitter Access) Regulations
Remaking of sunsetting instrument without significant amendments– Department of Communications and the Arts
On 24 September 2019, the Department of Communications and the Arts remade the Broadcasting Services (Transmitter Access) Regulation 2001 under Subclause 47(3) of Part 5 of Schedule 4 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 without significant amendment.
These regulations Broadcasting Services (Transmitter Access) Regulations 2019 enable the owner or operator of...
Remaking of Determination under paragraph (c) of the definition of “broadcasting service”
Remaking of sunsetting instrument without significant amendments – Department of Communications and the Arts
On 18 September 2019, the Department of Communications and the Arts remade the Determination under paragraph (c) of the definition of “broadcasting service” (No. 1 of 2000) under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 without significant amendment for a period of three years.
This renamed determination - Broadcasting Services ('Broadcasting service' definition - Exclusion...
Transparency of New Projects
COAG Decision Regulation Impact Statement – Australian Energy Market Commission
On 24 October 2019, the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) released a final rule determination for the National Electricity Amendment (Transparency of New Projects) Rule 2019 to improve the transparency of new generation projects in the National Electricity Market. The final determination also allows the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) to provide certain information to developers to help...
Improving transparency and extending duration of MT PASA Draft rule change
COAG Consultation Regulation Impact Statement – Australian Energy Market Commission
On 24 October 2019, the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) released a draft rule determination for the National Electricity Amendment (Improving Transparency and Extending Duration of MT PASA) Rule to improve transparency of the medium-term (MT) projected assessment of system adequacy (PASA) process, reduce asymmetry of generation availability information in the market, and extend the MT PASA...
Barriers to the safe use of personal mobility devices
COAG Consultation Regulation Impact Statement - National Transport Commission
On 24 October 2019, the National Transport Commission released a Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS), Barriers to the safe use of personal mobility devices. The RIS proposes and explores options for regulatory frameworks to be included in the Australia Road Rules (ARRs), to improve accessibility and safety on roads and paths for users of personal mobility devices (PMDs). The options set out...
Relief for changing managed investment scheme constitutions
Remaking sunsetting instrument without significant amendments – Australian Securities and Investments Commission
On 12 September 2019, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) remade Class Order [CO 09/552] Changing scheme constitutions as ASIC Corporations (Changing Scheme Constitutions) Instrument 2019/700. [CO 09/552] was due to sunset on 1 October 2019.
The Corporations Act 2001 section 601GC(1)(a) requires that, for the constitution of a registered...
Safety standard for quad bikes
Independent Review – Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
On 10 October 2019, the Assistant Treasurer made a mandatory safety standard to apply to new and imported second-hand motorised quad bikes (also known as all-terrain vehicles or ATVs), the Consumer Goods (Quad Bikes) Safety Standard 2019.
The safety standard is intended to reduce the high risk of fatality and injury associated with the use of quad bikes. There were at least 128 fatalities during 2011–2018 and...