23 January 2012
The South Australian Minister for Manufacturing, Innovation and Trade, as chair of the Competitiveness Council released a report on reducing red tape for business in South Australia.
The South Australian State Government program to cut bureaucratic red tape is being carried out in two phases. The first phase to reduce red tape finished $18 million ahead [...]
Continue reading Reducing Red Tape for Business in South Australia 2010/11 Report
18 January 2012
On 15 December 2011 the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer announced amendments to personal and corporate insolvency laws.
The amendments address a wide range of issues that have had a negative impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of the insolvency system. The regulation of insolvency practitioners has been the subject of a number of [...]
Continue reading The Harmonisation and Modernisation of the Regulatory Framework Applying to Insolvency Practitioners in Australia – Regulation Impact Statement –Treasury
16 January 2012
On 12 December 2011, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship announced reforms to the sanctions regime for allowing non‑citizens to work (or referring for work) who do not have permission to work in Australia or who are working in breach of a visa condition.
The existing criminal penalties will be supplemented with new ‘non-fault’ based civil [...]
Continue reading Sanctions Reform: Employing or Referring Illegal Workers – Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Immigration and Citizenship
13 January 2012
On 22 December 2011, the Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) received correspondence from Senator the Hon Abetz requesting that the OBPR review the Terms of Reference for the Fair Work Review, which is intended to be the Post‑implementation Review for the Fair Work Act 2009 and the Workplace Relations Amendment (Transition to Forward with Fairness) Act 2008.
Senator Abetz’s [...]
Continue reading Correspondence between the Office of Best Practice Regulation and the Senator the Hon Eric Abetz, regarding the Terms of Reference for the Fair Work Review
12 January 2012
On 4 January 2012, the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations registered new standards for higher education providers on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments (FRLI). The standards known as the Threshold Standards will be used by the new national higher education regulator, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). The [...]
Continue reading Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2011– Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
5 January 2012
On 18 December 2011, the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Financial Services and Superannuation, Bill Shorten MP, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kevin Rudd MP, and the Minister for Resources and Energy and Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson AM MP released a joint media release, announcing a permanent Seasonal Worker Program will begin on 1 [...]
Continue reading Seasonal Worker Program– Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
5 January 2012
While the Primary Industries Ministerial Council could not agree to introduce a national standard PIMC 21 Communique, all industries involved in the bobby calf supply chain (that is dairy farmers, livestock agents, calf buyers and transporters and calf processors) have agreed to implement a national industry standard that sets a limit of 30 hours TOF [...]
Continue reading Bobby Calves Time Off Feed Standard – COAG Decision Regulation Impact Statement – Primary Industries Ministerial Council
5 January 2012
The Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission has released its 2010-11 Annual Report. The Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission has three core functions:
Reviewing regulatory impact statements and advising on the economic impact of significant new legislation;
Undertaking inquiries into matters referred to it by the Victorian Government; and
Operating Victoria’s Competitive Neutrality Unit.
To improve the quality of regulatory [...]
Continue reading Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission 2010-11 Annual Report