28 June 2011
On 8 June 2011, the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry announced that the Government has suspended the export of live cattle to Indonesia until new safeguards are established for the trade.
A regulation impact statement (RIS) was required to inform the decision to suspend exports but was not prepared. Consequently, the OBPR has assessed the [...]
Continue reading Non-compliance with best practice regulation requirements – Suspension of live cattle exports to Indonesia – Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
22 June 2011
On 23 May 2011, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority announced  enhancements to the Basel II regulatory framework.
The measures are designed to increase transparency and risk management for banks through their minimum capital requirements, risk management practices and public disclosures. The measures include:
higher capital requirements to capture the credit risk of complex trading activities;
higher risk-weightings [...]
Continue reading Basel II Enhancements Regulation Impact Statement – Australian Prudential Regulation Authority
10 June 2011
In November 2010, State, Territory and Commonwealth Health Ministers agreed to conduct a national consultation on options for strengthening the regulation of those health practitioners where statutory registration is not a prerequisite for practice (those known as ‘unregistered health practitioners’). The national consultation is to consider whether there is a need for strengthened regulatory protections [...]
Continue reading Options for the Regulation of Unregistered Health Practitioners COAG Consultation Regulation Impact Statement – Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council
9 June 2011
On 26 May 2011 the Government introduced a bill into Parliament that, if passed, will impose financial reporting requirements on large operators of long day care centres. The intention is to enable closer scrutiny of the financial viability of operators that run more than 25 centres. The changes will also allow the Department to conduct [...]
Continue reading Enhanced scrutiny of the financial viability of large long day care providers Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
9 June 2011
On 26 May 2011, ACMA announced planning principles for restacking digital television channels.
Radio spectrum in Australia is managed by the Commonwealth Government through ACMA. Spectrum can be used for many activities including television and mobile internet. The decision to switch off analog television services has freed up significant amounts of spectrum which could be used [...]
Continue reading Clearing the Digital Dividend – Planning principles for restacking digital television channels RIS – Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
9 June 2011
On 27 May 2011, the members of the Select Council of Gambling Reform (consisting of Commonwealth, State and Territory Gambling Ministers) announced that all new gaming machines will be required to have pre-commitment functionality from a date to be agreed. Pre-commitment functionality allows gaming machine players to set a maximum expenditure limit over a selected [...]
Continue reading Non-compliance with COAG’s best practice regulation requirements – gaming machine pre-commitment functionality – Select Council on Gambling Reform
7 June 2011
On 25 May 2011, the Minister for Resources and Energy released the Australian Government’s final response to the Report of the Montara Commission of Inquiry.
The Inquiry investigated the likely causes of the uncontrolled release of oil and gas into the Timor Sea from the Montara Wellhead Platform on 21 August 2009 and made recommendations to [...]
Continue reading Final Response to the Report of the Montara Commission of Inquiry Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism
3 June 2011
On 12 November 2010, the Australian Health Ministers’ Conference endorsed a set of National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards and a Model National Accreditation Scheme and decided to apply them. Both the Standards and Accreditation Scheme were developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.
The Standards are an explicit statement [...]
Continue reading National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards and their use in a Model National Accreditation Scheme – COAG Decision Regulation Impact Statement – Australian Health Ministers’ Conference
3 June 2011
On 27 May 2011, the ACMA announced that it intends to sell new spectrum licences in the 2.5 GHz band. The reallocation of this spectrum will help to address increasing demand for mobile broadband. This is the first step in the implementation of the outcomes of the review of the 2.5 GHz band and is [...]
Continue reading Future arrangements for the 2.5 GHz radiofrequency spectrum band and long-term arrangements for electronic news gathering Regulation Impact Statement – Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
3 June 2011
On 10 May 2011, the Treasurer announced changes to improve compliance with taxation obligations by contractors and sub-contractors in the building and construction industry. The introduction of a reporting regime provides a framework for improving contractor compliance. Under the proposal, businesses in the building and construction industry will be required to report payments made to contractors [...]
Continue reading Improving Contractor Compliance with Taxation Obligations Regulation Impact Statement – Treasury