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1 October 2014

Higher Education Reforms – Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Education

On 28 August 2014, the Minister for Education introduced the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014 into the Australian Parliament. The Bill implements a range of higher education reform measures announced in the 2014-15 Budget.

The Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) identifies the regulatory problem that the reforms are targeted to address, namely, that existing price controls for undergraduate and […]

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1 October 2014

Mobile Network Charges – Independent Review – Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

On 17 June 2014, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced that it will regulate the price that a mobile phone network operator can charge other networks for connecting calls and text messages to its network. The declaration will be in place until 30 June 2019. The ACCC had previously regulated the price of […]

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23 September 2014

Informed Decisions for Backup Power Supply Arrangements – Regulation Impact Statement – Australian Communications and Media Authority

On 22 August, the Chairman of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) announced new rules for telecommunication service providers regarding the backup power supply for National Broadband Network (NBN) voice services.

Following the national rollout of the NBN, approximately twenty-six per cent of Australians will be connected to the NBN via fibre to the premises […]

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23 September 2014

Grocery Code of Conduct – Regulation Impact Statement for Consultation – the Treasury

On 6 August 2014, the Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) on the grocery code of conduct was released for consultation.

The RIS prepared by the Treasury considers whether the activities of the major supermarket chains are harming Australian suppliers. There is considerable debate that difference in bargaining power between supermarkets and suppliers may be used to extract […]

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17 September 2014

Review of The National Registration And Accreditation Scheme For Health Professionals - COAG Consultation RIS – Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council

On 29 August 2014 a consultation paper was released for the Review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for Health Professions (the National Scheme) on behalf of the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC).

The National Scheme for the health professions oversees the safe practice and regulation of more than 618,000 health professionals and is […]

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2 September 2014

Australian Securities and Investments Commission – Repeal of the Short Sale Tagging Obligation – Regulation Impact Statement

On 27 July 2014, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) repealed the short sale tagging obligation.

Short selling is the sale of financial products that the seller does not own at the time of the sale. Short sale tagging refers to an obligation for market participants to specify the quantity of a sell order that […]

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1 September 2014

Superstream: Pass Through of Employee Details – Regulation Impact Statement for consultation – The Treasury

On 1 August 2014 the Government released an exposure draft regulation and a draft explanatory statement which seek to amend the Superannuation Industry (Supervisory) Regulations 1994.
The proposed ‘pass-through’ regulation would require any superannuation fund that receives data relating to a contribution being made to another fund to on-forward that data to the other fund – […]

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1 September 2014

Ban on importation of new psychoactive substances – Regulation Impact Statement – Attorney-General’s Department

On 17 July 2014, the Minister for Justice introduced the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Psychoactive Substances and Other Measures) Bill 2014, which proposes to ban the importation of all substances that have a psychoactive effect that are not otherwise regulated. The amendments criminalise the importation of new psychoactive substances and permit Australian Customs and Border Protection […]

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14 August 2014

Commonwealth Regulatory Burden Measure

The Regulatory Burden Measure (https://rbm.obpr.gov.au/) has been published by the Office of Best Practice Regulation.

Under the Australian Government Guide to Regulation, all regulatory costs, whether arising from new regulations or changes to existing regulation, and associated offsetting regulatory savings must be quantified using the Regulatory Burden Measure, consistent with the Regulatory Burden Measurement framework.

Agencies are […]

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13 August 2014

Sunsetting legislative instruments guidance note

The Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) has published a range of guidance material associated with the Australian Government Guide to Regulation.

Starting from 1 April 2015, thousands of instruments will begin to sunset in the absence of any intervention under the Legislative Instruments Act 2003. Some of those instruments have significant impacts on businesses, community organisations or […]

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