The Red Tape Problem

Every year businesses spend thousands of hours complying with unnecessary reports, confusing permits, and needless licenses.

Every minute employees spend pandering to red tape requirements is a minute those employees are not dedicating to their businesses and economic activity.

Every year red tape costs the Australian economy $176 billion. To unleash prosperity, governments need to reduce the red tape burden on businesses and entrepreneurs.

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Australia’s largest industries

Mining: 7% of Australia’s economy
Manufacturing: 6% of Australia’s economy
Agriculture: 2% of Australia’s economy
Red tape: 11% of Australia’s economy ($176 billion per year)


When it comes to red tape reduction, there’s reason to be hopeful

By | November 6th, 2017|Blog|

Last Friday night, IPA Director of Policy, Simon Breheny, appeared on Sky TV to discuss the upcoming Queensland election and some of the election commitments [...]

The IPA’s Simon Breheny Slams Ridiculous Council Red Tape on 3AW

By | October 10th, 2017|Blog|

A small business owner in Maribynong wanted to attach an A3 sized sign to his home to promote his own business. Sounds simple right? Well, the [...]

Council Agricultural Scheme Will Hurt Farmers

By | June 26th, 2017|Blog|

A regional NSW local government has put forth a proposal which, despite aiming to help farmers, would actually make them worse off. Wollondilly Shire Council [...]



The rash of red tape is spreading like a disease

By | November 10th, 2017|Opinion pieces|

Originally appeared in the Daily Telegraph The crippling effects of red tape on the economy are unfortunately not restricted to the NSW housing sector. As [...]

Growth in Threatened Species Lists a Threat to WA Regional Development and Jobs

By | November 2nd, 2017|Media releases|

The negative impact of environmental regulations on jobs, investments and development in Western Australia were highlighted in a new report released by free market think [...]

Senate Committee Report Confirms Red Tape Strangling The Australian Economy

By | October 19th, 2017|Media releases|

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has welcomed the recommendations from the Select Committee on Red Tape interim report: Effect of red [...]

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Decentralising The Protection Of Australian Threatened Species

By | October 23rd, 2017|Reports|

With business creation and investment in Australia in precipitous decline, it is critical that all levels of Australian government undertake reforms to reduce red tape [...]

Submission To The Senate Red Tape Inquiry Into Environmental Assessments And Approvals

By | June 8th, 2017|Submissions|

Australia has experienced 26 years of unbroken economic growth, but with little to show for it. Business investment is declining, and wages growth and new [...]

Reducing Red Tape In Australia – One In Two Out Rule

By | June 8th, 2017|Reports|

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 [...]

Red Tape Research


The Human Cost of Red Tape

The IPA’s Simon Breheny talks with Craig Prosser, owner of Pross Haulage, about the human cost of red tape and the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal.

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Agriculturalist struggles with burdensome bureaucracy

How burdensome bureaucracy and red tape from Canberra and Brisbane killed off employment opportunities in Northern Australia.

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