The Growth Of Federal Environmental Law 1971 To 2016

Red tape costs the Australian economy at least $176 billion, or 11 per cent of GDP, each year in foregone economic output. Environmental red tape and regulation in particular has grown significantly in recent decades. This report provides an objective measure of the growth of federal environmental legislation since the creation of the first Commonwealth [...]

By | June 8th, 2017|Reports|0 Comments

Liquor Licensing: Red Tape On Australian Businesses

Workplace relations, taxation and the regulation of alcohol are only some of the costly and complex burdens facing Australian hospitality and related industries. This paper is an enquiry into one subset of these burdens, liquor licensing, which impacts businesses from supermarkets to small bars. Liquor licensing refers to state-based regulatory restrictions on the sale of [...]

By | June 8th, 2017|Reports|0 Comments

The Case For Cutting Red Tape On Drones

From videography and construction, to the age-old primary industries of agriculture and mining, drones hold remarkable potential to revolutionise many Australian industries. From 29 September 2016 regulatory changes by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) cut red tape on drones by removing burdensome license requirements for low-risk operations and carving out an exclusion category for [...]

By | June 8th, 2017|Reports|0 Comments

How Activists Use Red Tape To Stop Development And Jobs

Section 487 (s. 487) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act extends special legal privileges to green groups to challenge federal environmental project approvals, even when their private rights are not directly affected by that project. Since the introduction of the EPBC Act in 2000, major projects have spent approximately 7,500 cumulative days, [...]

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Research Report – International Competitiveness and Over-Regulation

It has been ten years since the Howard government’s landmark Taskforce on Reducing Regulatory Burdens on Business inquiry. However, despite much apparent effort, on a number of international measures Australia’s red tape performance has slipped since that report was released. This paper looks at Australia’s regulatory quality across five measures of international competitiveness. Economic freedom [...]

By | August 4th, 2016|Reports|0 Comments

The Red Tape State

As of the end of April 2016, the commonwealth government maintained an estimated 1,181 entities, bodies, and administrative relationships. Of those 1,181 entities and bodies, 497 are estimated to be involved in policy design or enforcement of the federal regulatory system. It is estimated that 444 government bodies established by the Rudd and Gillard governments [...]

By | May 26th, 2016|Reports|0 Comments

The $176 billion tax on our prosperity

This is the first of a series of papers investigating the dimensions of red tape costs in Australia. There is widespread concern that government red tape imposes substantial costs upon the Australian economy. These costs typically come in the form of paperwork, labour retraining and other compliance burdens, the costs of delaying production, and the [...]

By | May 11th, 2016|Reports|0 Comments

Legal rights audit 2015

This report illustrates the increasing regulatory burden, and the extent to which legal rights continue to be breached in new laws passed every year. This has been measured by assessing the volume and content of all legislation passed by the federal parliament in 2015. In 2015, 6,482 pages of new legislation was passed by the [...]

By | April 15th, 2016|Reports|0 Comments