8 May 2013
On 7 March 2013, the Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) received correspondence from Senator the Hon Eric Abetz expressing concerns that the Building Code 2013 would have significant impacts on the construction sector and that a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) should have been prepared.
Based on information provided by the Department of Education, Employment and [...]
Continue reading Correspondence between the Office of Best Practice Regulation and the Senator the Hon Eric Abetz, regarding the Building Code 2013
12 April 2013
On 28 July 2009 the Minister for Finance and Deregulation announced reforms to the Australian Government Procurement Statement which included the requirement for all Government contractors in the textile, clothing and footwear industry to be accredited or be seeking accreditation with the Homeworker’s Code of Practice.
A Regulation Impact Statement was not prepared for the joint [...]
Continue reading Australian Government Procurement Statement – Post–implementation Review – Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
10 April 2013
On February 23 the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship announced changes to the temporary work (skilled) (subclass 457) visa sponsorship obligations. Further announcements were subsequently made. These measures seek to enhance the enforceability of worker protection reforms which came into effect on 14 September 2009.
Since implementing the 2009 reforms, the Department for Immigration and Citizenship [...]
Continue reading Sponsorship Obligation Amendments – Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Immigration and Citizenship
22 March 2013
On 8 March 2013, the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Bill Shorten, announced further reforms to the Fair Work Act following on from the recommendations of the Fair Work Act Review. These reforms relate to amendments to bargaining for greenfields agreements, right of entry provisions and allowing limited access to workplace determinations in certain [...]
Continue reading Prime Minister’s Exemption –Amendments to the Fair Work Act – Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
22 March 2013
On 21 May 2013, the Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus introduced changes to the Sex Discrimination Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status. The changes also extend the existing ground of ‘marital status’ to ‘marital or relationship status’ to provide protection from discrimination for same-sex de facto couples.
The proposed changes [...]
Continue reading Amendments to the Sex Discrimination Act – Regulation Impact Statement – Attorney-General’s Department
15 March 2013
On February 23 the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Brendan O’Connor announced seven changes to the temporary skilled work (subclass 457) visa program. A Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) was required for the first three of these changes, namely:
the requirement for employers to demonstrate that they are not nominating positions where a genuine shortage does not [...]
Continue reading Non-compliance with the Australian Government’s best practice regulation requirements – Reforms to the Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) Visa Program– Department of Immigration and Citizenship
28 February 2013
The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations announced amendments to the Fair Work Act through four media releases on 11,12,13 and 14 February 2013. The proposed changes are intended to help families to balance work and family life and help employees to address workplace bullying. The measures will have the effect of:
expanding the scope of [...]
Continue reading Prime Minister’s Exemption – Amendments to the Fair Work Act Amendments to the Fair Work Act – Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
27 February 2013
On 17 February 2013, the Minister for Industry and Innovation released the Australian Government’s Industry and Innovation Statement. This statement included several measures intended to support Australian suppliers increase their participation in large construction projects, such as mines.
The measures that have regulatory impacts on business include the requirements that:
all projects over $500 million in value [...]
Continue reading Strengthening Australian Industry Participation – Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
10 January 2013
The Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) has undertaken a screening process to identify regulation due to be reviewed in 2012 as a result of Recommendation 7.28 of Rethinking Regulation – Report of the Taskforce on Reducing Regulatory Burdens on Business (the Banks Review).
The screening process revealed that most regulation was subject to the sunsetting [...]
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21 December 2012
The Attorney-General and state and territory ministers have agreed to a single voluntary government-led code of practice to help manage the security risks associated with eleven identified chemicals that can be used to make homemade explosives.
These chemicals have a range of legitimate and productive uses in Australia and can be easily accessed by the public. [...]
Continue reading Chemical Security: precursors to homemade explosives – COAG Decision Regulation Impact Statement – Attorney-General’s Department